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Nurse Devastated To Identify The Victim Of A Fatal Hit-And-Run As Her Brother
A nurse working in the E.R. at a Mission Viejo hospital was devastated to learn that the hit-and-run victim they'd been working to save was her younger brother. Jenifer Medina is a nurse at Mission Hospital. On Friday night, a 23-year-old man was brought in for injuries sustained in a hit-and-run, the L.A. Times reports. When Medina and another hospital employee searched for something to identify the man with, Medina spotted a wallet that seemed familiar. The other employee opened it up, and Medina realized the man was her younger brother, Cesar Andres Medina. The brain trauma her brother sustained as a result of the crash was too severe for him to survive.
Medina's brother, who went by Andy, had been skateboarding when he was hit by a truck near Del Obispo Street and Paseo Carolina in San Juan Capistrano at about 10 p.m. The driver of the truck was later identified as 19-year-old Andrew Christopher Michaels, who was arrested on Sunday at his home in Laguna Niguel. The truck Michaels was driving when he allegedly hit Andy Medina was found at Michaels' home.
Medina has started a GoFundMe to help her family pay for expenses. Oh the page, she wrote about the moment when she realized the trauma victim was her brother.
"My whole world collapsed as I did. The nurses I call my friends all came and helped me as I cried on the hospital floor. They got me to a bed and I asked, 'Is he gone?' Yes, he's gone."
She continued, "Andy had so many goals for his future and was taken from all of us too soon."
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into law that will alert drivers to hit-and-runs that happen in the area. These so-called Yellow Alerts will be displayed on digital freeway signs and road signs and will contain information regarding the fleeing driver's car. Unlike Amber Alerts, these alerts will not be sent to people's cell phones. The new system goes into effect on January 1.