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Orange County Authorities on the Hunt for Hit-and-Run Drivers

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Police in the cities of Orange and San Clemente are asking for the public’s help in identifying hit-and-run drivers in two separate incidents.

The first one occurred the night of March 15, 2014 at Prospect Street and Craig Avenue in Orange when a woman was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street.

That vehicle is described as a white 2000 or 2002 Acura, Toyota or similar four-door sedan.

The vehicle may also be
damaged in the front bumper, fender and windshield. The woman died from her injuries. Anyone with information on that case is asked to contact Orange police at 714-744-7444.

The other incident occurred in the city of San Clemente the night of March 21, 2014. Witnesses found the victim lying unconscious on the westbound lanes of Avenida Pico at Calle Frontera.

The victim has been described as a young man between 16 or 19 years old, possibly Filipino, Polynesian or Indian, about 6 feet tall with short, spiky hair. Police are looking to identify the victim and the suspect who fled the scene. The victim is in critical condition. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 714-647-7000.

Leaving the Scene of a Crash

In both these cases, the drivers left their victims lying on the roadway, critically injured without care or medical attention. Appalling! Not only is leaving the scene of a car accident inhumane and irresponsible, but it is also illegal.

California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”

Motorists are required to stop regardless of whose fault the accident was.

Holding Wrongdoers Accountable

If you have any information about either of these Orange County hit-and-run accidents, please visit our dedicated Hit-and-Run Reward web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward. Our goal through this web site is to partner with local communities and law enforcement officials to help apprehend these hit-and-run drivers and hold them accountable.

National statistics consistently point to an increase in hit-and-run accidents. The Greater Los Angeles Area including Orange County has the highest hit-and-run rates in the nation. We cannot and must not accept this as a community. It is possible to make a change if we work together and resolve to not accept this injustice.

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