Victim isn't talking. Witness said man was holding to car and fell to pavement, Taft Police report

A 35-year-old Taft man was seriously injured Tuesday night when he apparently fell from a moving vehicle.

Taft Police are still investigating the case.

Details are sketchy, and the victim isn't cooperating with police, Sgt. Ray Buford said.

Police, fire and an ambulance were originally dispatched to the area of Tenth and Front Street about 9:15 p.m. to a report of a hit and run involving a pedestrian.

They found nothing at that location, but after a search found the victim, identified as Joseph Anthony Mora laying on the pavement at the intersection of South Fifth and Front Street with major injuries, Buford said.

There was a witness who saw Mora holding on to the outside of a vehicle and falling, Buford said.

That is all the information officers have.

"(Mora) refused to cooperate or provide information as to what happened," the sergeant said.

Moa suffered possible fractured ribs and head injuries, Buford said, and was taken by the scene by ground ambulance to a landing pad at Gate 2 off Highway 119 where he was transferred to a helicopter and transported by air to Kern Medical.