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Two girls critically hurt by alleged drunk driver in Santa Ana

September 7, 2010 |  2:29 pm

Two 2-year-old girls are in critical condition after an alleged drunk driver drove onto a sidewalk in Santa Ana and struck nine pedestrians, police said.

One of the girls and her mother were dragged 50 feet by the SUV that hit them Monday at 7:45 p.m. on West McFadden Avenue just west of South Bristol Street, an area crowded with shoppers and street traffic, said Cpl. Anthony Bretagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. 

A 1998 Chevy Suburban driven by Miguel Sandoval, 43, of Santa Ana was traveling west on McFadden when it jumped the curb, immediately striking the woman and her daughter, police said.

Five victims required treatment. The 2-year-old girls each suffered multiple fractures but were expected to survive, Bretagna said. Their mother also was hospitalized, suffering a broken leg.

Bystanders quickly freed the two trapped victims, and officers who had been monitoring cruising activities nearby arrived at the scene quickly, Bretagna said.

Sandoval was arrested at the scene and booked on suspicion of felony drunk driving, officials said.

He remained in custody Tuesday at the Santa Ana Police Department jail.

-- Howard Blume