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Gwinnett police looking for hit-and-run driver

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck a pedestrian earlier this week in Norcross, leaving the injured man paralyzed from the waist down.

Rasalino Bravo, 30, of Norcross, was walking with a friend near a shopping strip on South Norcross Tucker Road about 8 p.m. when he was struck by a red pickup truck that was exiting the parking lot.

"He was walking ahead of his friend. His friend stopped to talk with someone, and he continued on," said Officer W.A. Newman of the Gwinnett County Police Department's Accident Investigation Unit. "When he got into the path of the entrance, a truck was exiting and the truck hit him."

Witnesses told police the driver didn't stop to render aid.

Instead, the suspect fled the scene.

When questioned in the hospital on Tuesday, Bravo told police he recognized the suspect's truck from riding in it once before. Bravo said the driver of the truck, a 1997 to 1999 model Ford F150 with an extended cab and gray pin stripe, frequently picked up construction workers in the area.

"He knew the owner's first name, but did not know his last name," said Newman, who said he is following up several leads.

Bravo is being treated at Gwinnett Medical Center for a minor head injury and paralysis from the waist down, Newman said. Doctors don't know if he will be able to walk again.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Gwinnett Police Accident Investigation Unit at 770-417-2376.