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A 70-year-old man hit by a car Tuesday morning in Stockton was an employee of the Stockton Police Department.

Officers have blocked a highway ramp as they investigate a hit-and-run incident. Courtesy: Johanna Gutierrez-Cabe

Officers have blocked a highway ramp as they investigate a hit-and-run incident.
Courtesy: Johanna Gutierrez-Cabe

The 70-year-old retired police officer was heading to his job as a part-time background investigator, when he was hit by a green, 90s model van making a left turn onto Washington street.

The car, according to witnesses didn't stop but took off. The victim lay in the street as witnesses called for help.

The victim was rushed to a local hospital and is listed in critical condition. The victim's son is a Sergeant with the department. Public Information Officer Joe Silva, says it's especially tough that the victim is well-known to the department, and has a son in law enforcement.

Anyone with information or may have seen something, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Crime Stoppers pays up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The group using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatterStockton had planned on staging a "die-in" protest Tuesday evening at Stockton City Hall. They issued a statement saying:

"In light of the tragedy this morning, we decided to postpone the protest. We don't want to add any more stress on the department."

The group had projected dozens of people to attend the demonstration Tuesday.