A driver struck a man in his 40s in the Canoga Park area Saturday, leaving the man in very critical condition, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
The man was not in a crosswalk as he tried to cross the street, police said.
The driver attempted to swerve out of the way, but ended up hitting the man at Saticoy Street and Eton Avenue at 7 p.m.
The driver took off down Saticoy Street.
The force of the crash knocked the victim's shoes off.
Detectives were investigating at 10 p.m. and the eastbound lanes of Saticoy were closed.
Investigators said the driver stopped, got out of his car, and looked at the victim before getting back in the car and driving away, LAPD said.
"The law states that the pedestrian should be crossing at the street corner," Bill Bustos of the LAPD said. "But unfortunately, the pedestrian chose to cross in the middle of the street."
Bustos said however, that leaving the scene after hitting someone, and not staying to render aid, is a felony.
Police described the suspect's vehicle as a 1995-1998 dark colored Toyota Camry.
There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the hit-and-run, and anyone with information should call (818) 644-8000.