Two pedestrians crossing the street in a marked crosswalk on the Creighton University campus were injured Friday morning after a driver ran a red light.

Omaha police said that at about 8:30 a.m., a Buick sedan driven by Alverez Payton, 32, was traveling south on 24th Street.

The vehicle hit the pedestrians, and Payton fled the scene, police said.

The first pedestrian, Janet Paulson, 63, had a severe arm injury, broken ribs and a head injury, but her injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

The second pedestrian, Jose Lucero, 47, had a dislocated shoulder after the crash.

Two officers remembered encountering someone with a similar vehicle, and police tracked the Buick to the area of 47th and Nicholas Streets.

A 911 caller reported that Payton was headed to work, which is where officers found him.

Payton was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, driving under a suspended license, having no proof of insurance, having no vehicle registration and violating a traffic signal.

— Emily Nitcher

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Emily covers K-12 education, including Omaha Public Schools. Previously, Emily covered local government and the Nebraska Legislature for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @emily_nitcher. Phone: 402-444-1192.

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