Power went out in an area near Bay Road in Menlo Park, including the Lindenwood neighborhood of Atherton, early Saturday morning, Atherton police said, after a hit-and-run driver struck a power pole on Bay Road just north of Ringwood Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 31.
Police said the speeding vehicle, described as a gray Lexus, had extensive damage, but the driver was able to leave the scene before police and fire personnel responded.
The Menlo Park Police Department is leading the investigation into the accident.
Palo Alto Police Department spokesman Zachary Perron said a Palo Alto officer "observed the vehicle driving erratically in our city, followed it, and eventually attempted to make a stop in Menlo Park." Lt. Perron said that when police car's lights were activated, "the car took off at a high rate of speed, " but the officer did not pursue. "A few minutes later, the collision was reported," he said.
Menlo Park Police Department spokeswoman Nicole Acker said a neighbor reported the accident. "When our officers arrived at the scene, the driver had already fled the area," she said.
"Officers located one of the registered owners of the vehicle at his residence in Menlo Park and observed that he had injuries that were consistent with being involved in a traffic collision," Ms. Acker said. The man was taken to Stanford Hospital, she said.
"The cause of the collision is under investigation," she said, and may be forwarded to the district attorney's office for possible prosecution.
No charges have been made in the case, and the police are not releasing the name of the car's driver, Ms. Acker said.
"At this time, there are no known witnesses to the collision. Menlo Park police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call 650-330-6300," Ms. Acker said.
Pacific Gas and Electric said Monday that 1,400 people were affected by the power outage. About half had their power restored by 4 p.m. and the rest by 7 p.m., the spokesperson said. The wooden utility pole, a fairly new and reinforced model, was sheared in two, he said.