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JAMAICA, Queens — A hit-and-run Saturday morning in Jamaica left one pedestrian in critical condition and the driver still on the loose.

A 45-year-old man was struck by a car around 7:23 a.m. on 168th Avenue, police said. The car slammed into him, throwing him against the dumpsters. The driver, said to be driving a black Toyota, then fled the scene.

A passerby found the victim with blood coming from his head. He was taken to Jamaica hospital.

Police are investigating the incident and checking nearby surveillance cameras for any video.

This is said to be the first pedestrian struck by a vehicle in New York City this year. The number of traffic fatalities dropped from 257 in 2014 to 230 by the end of 2015.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said there has been progress with Vision Zero, the action plan to reduce traffic fatalities throughout New York City.

“We are moving in the right direction. We know there is a lot more to do, but there is no question that Vision Zero is working.” de Blasio said in a statement.

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