Police are continuing their search for a suspect after a pedestrian crossing the street in east Charlotte was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident Sunday night.

According to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department officials, the crash happened just before 7 p.m. on Albemarle Road.

The vehicle was traveling inbound when the car struck the victim pedestrian, throwing him to the ground in the roadway.

The vehicle continued to travel and made a u-turn before reaching Sharon Amity Road.  According to authorities, the vehicle then passed the crash scene and continued toward the intersections of Redman Road and Central Avenue.

Witnesses on the scene describe the vehicle as a red or burgundy SUV, possible a box style Jeep Cherokee.

The vehicle has damage to the front end and was leaking fluid after leaving the scene.

The victim of the crash was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in motor-vehicle crashes in the U.S.  Sharing the road is a responsibility of all road users, pedestrians and drivers alike.  Drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians and pedestrians should always remain visible to drivers.  If you are involved in a serious accident with a motor-vehicle, call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.