A pedestrian is in critical condition after being hit by a car on Main Street early Monday.

Witnesses told police that Gildardo Martinez, 78, of Napa was near the driveway that leads into Sunshine Foods when he darted out into traffic just after 6:30 a.m., said Officer Jovi Oam of the St. Helena Police Department.

“He didn’t even look before he jumped into the roadway,” Oam said. “He kept his head down and just bolted across the street.”

Witnesses said he was almost hit by a southbound car before he ran into the center lane and then into the northbound lane, where he was hit by a car.

Martinez was transported to Queen of the Valley Medical Center. As of Tuesday morning, he was in critical condition in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

The driver, whose name has not been released, stopped at the scene and cooperated with police. Oam said police are still trying to obtain surveillance footage of the incident, but based on reports from witnesses police suspect Martinez was probably at fault. The driver has not been cited.

Oam said Martinez is a day laborer who was apparently crossing the street to go to the 76 gas station.

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