PPD identifies man who hit pedestrian; name not being released

Driver allegedly gave false identity, then snuck into nearby business

Pleasanton police said Wednesday they have identified the driver accused of giving false information after hitting a pedestrian with his pickup truck last month, but they aren't releasing the man's name publicly because he has not been arrested.

Pleasanton Police Department officials put out a call on social media last week for public help in identifying the unknown man involved in the crash at the intersection Tom Burnett Lane and Johnson Drive two weeks earlier.

Investigators confirmed Wednesday that they received an anonymous tip after that social media push, leading to the driver being contacted and positively identified.

The driver is cooperating with the investigation and is not under arrest, though the case will be forwarded to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for review, according to police. The department is withholding the driver's identity from the public in keeping with its policy of not naming people who are not arrested.

The original incident unfolded around 8:30 a.m. Dec. 21 when a pedestrian walking in the crosswalk on Tom Burnett Lane at Johnson Drive was struck by a pickup truck that failed to yield, according to security footage acquired by investigators, police said last week. The pedestrian sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Police allege that after striking the pedestrian and knocking them to the ground, the driver stepped out of his truck to exchange information that police would later determine was false.

The man then entered a nearby, security-controlled business by following an employee inside, but police later found that the man did not appear to have legitimate business there or be associated with the business in any way.

While looking for help identifying the driver, police released surveillance video of the crash and still photographs of the man inside the business.

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