Police are investigating a serious hit-and-run crash that occurred at Route 45 and Evergreen Drive near Vernon Hills. | Photo: Google Street View

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a driver who hit a 22-year-old man, leaving him in critical condition, and fled the scene near Vernon Hills early Saturday morning.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Countryside Fire Protection District responded around 2:10 a.m. Saturday to the 200 block of Route 45 in Indian Creek near Vernon Hills.

Lake County Sheriff Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said deputies responded to a call of a person down.

Deputies arrived to find an unconscious 22-year-old Glenview man who had been struck by a vehicle near Route 45 and Evergreen Drive.

The man was transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with critical injuries, Covelli said.

A preliminary investigation shows the pedestrian was walking on or near the roadway.

Based on evidence recovered, traffic crash investigators believe he was struck by a passing white Audi SUV that was traveling southeast on Route 45, Covelli said.

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The driver of the Audi did not stop after striking the man and continued southeast on Route 45.

Anyone who spots the white Audi SUV, which has new damage to the front of the car, is asked to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 847-549-5200.

Anyone with information about the crash or those who know who may have been driving the Audi are also asked to call the sheriff’s office.

“The Lake County Sheriff’s Office urges the driver of the Audi to come forward,” Covelli said.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.