On Tuesday at around 5pm, a dark SUV Toyota 4Runner travelling South on Birch Street near Chestnut Street struck a 7 year-old child and fled the scene of the crash. Police are saying the young girl was dragged about 45 feet and has suffered serious injuries and remains in the hospital in stable condition at Western Medical Center.
EVELYN LOPEZ 7 YEARS OLD
The young girl has been identified as Evelyn Lopez who lives just across the street from where the crash took place. Evelyn was helping her mother with the groceries when she was struck by the car. The crash was filmed on security cameras in the area and shows the driver hitting the brakes just before the impact but then leaving the scene rather than stay and render aid or call for help. Evelyn is currently still in the hospital and has had surgery to release the pressure in her brain. She remains in stable condition.
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A hit and run accident can be a felony in California. Given the nature of Evelyn’s injuries and the fact that the crash was caught on security cameras, the driver of the SUV should most certainly be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. “It is unacceptable to cause a major catastrophic accident like the one here in Evelyn Lopez’s situation and then flee the scene. It appears that the driver was speeding, but also leads to the question of why they fled the scene.
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POLICE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
Santa Ana police are currently looking for the driver of a dark Toyota 4Runner SUV and are asking that anyone with information call them immediately.
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