GARDEN GROVE ( — Police Tuesday were searching for a hit-and-run suspect wanted for seriously injuring a pedestrian in Orange County.

The accident took place just after 9:30 p.m. Monday on Garden Grove Boulevard and Benton Street in Garden Grove, officials said.

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Police say the suspect stole a white 2000 Ford Excursion, drove the vehicle into a pedestrian who was on a sidewalk before slamming it into the side of a building.

The victim was thrown several feet into the air. He was transported to the ICU at UCI Medical Center where he is expected to survive.

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The driver fled the scene on foot.

He was described as a black man wearing a grey-hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

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Due to the damage amount, a Garden Grove building inspector red-tagged the building that was struck.