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Santa Ana police seek hit-and-run driver in man's death

October 4, 2011 | 11:21 am

Photo: Map shows location of where a hit-and-run collision killed a man in Santa Ana. Source: Google Maps Santa Ana police were looking Tuesday for suspects who hit and killed a man with a car and dragged his body 40 to 50 feet before fleeing the scene.

The unidentified victim was lying in the street when a woman spotted him about 12:25 a.m. on New Hope Street near First Street.

She pulled into a parking lot with the intention to help him, but before she could approach, she saw a brown sedan with four men inside hit him and drag him 40 to 50 feet before stopping.

The woman told police two men got out of the car to check on the victim, then got back in the car and fled the scene.

Shortly after, a silver Honda Accord also struck the man. It dragged him another 20 to 30 feet and then continued driving.

Police later found the driver, who told them she had not realized she hit a person, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

The car was impounded as evidence, but the driver was not charged.

Police were still searching for the sedan.

Bertagna said it was unclear why the man was lying in the street, but there was no evidence he had been hit by a car before the sedan pulled up.

The sedan driver could face criminal charges, including felony hit-and-run and possible vehicular manslaughter.

Anyone with information is asked to call Santa Ana police at (714) 245-8214.


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Image: Map shows the location where a man was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Santa Ana. Credit: Google Maps