We're sorry to pass along the news that a pedestrian is near death after having been hit by a car in the Nob Hill/Polk Gulch area at around 5:30 this morning.

The pedestrian was crossing California Street at Hyde when an eastbound car going up the California Street hill plowed right into him. Witnesses reported that the pedestrian rolled up onto the hood, and then fell off after the car hit the brakes. The car then sped off towards Leavenworth and beyond without stopping.

The car was described as either a gray Nissan or blue Toyota, and the authorities are looking for it. Call 415-553-1641 if you have any information.

Picture of the intersection in question from transit-rider.com.