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Video Shows Two Hit-And-Run Drivers Strike Teenager [Graphic]
Police have released a surveillance video showing two hit-and-run drivers who struck a 14-year-old girl who jetted out into a Santa Ana street.
Authorities have already caught one of the drivers and are searching for the second one in the incident that happened around 4:10 p.m. on Monday at 17th and Bristol streets, according to KABC. The teenager darted out into street (with multiple lanes) at a red light when oncoming vehicles had the right of way. In the video, she gets halfway through the crosswalk when she gets hit by a red pick-up truck and then a dark-colored Cadillac. Both drivers left the scene.
The girl was on her way to Santa Ana College, Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told KTLA. The victim was taken to the hospital for leg injuries.
“Had both drivers stayed at the scene, this would have been the 14-year-old’s fault,” he said. “She was responsible for what happened.”
Adan Camacho, 32, was the driver of the red truck who stopped for a moment close to the scene after he hit the girl, but then took off, reported KTLA. He was arrested after a witness followed him and called the police. Camacho was taken to jail and charged for a felony hit-and-run and not driving with a valid license. He's due in court on Wednesday.
Police are still searching for the second driver. In the video, the Cadillac driver is seen getting out of her car and even picking up the girl's backpack. However, when the police arrived, she left the scene, according to KABC.
If you have information about the Cadillac driver, call Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.
Here is the surveillance video of the incident. Warning, it is graphic:
UPDATE 3/6, 8:40 a.m.: A second suspect was arrested on Wednesday in the hit-and-run case, according to City News Service. Authorities had suspected that the driver was a student at Santa Ana College, reported NBC Los Angeles.
They arrested 21-year-old Amanda Aie Sananikone after a Santa Ana College public safety officer saw a dark-colored Cadillac matching the description the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. had given. They interviewed her about the incident and booked her at the Santa Ana Police Dept. Jail. She faces a felony hit-and-run charge.
The teenager was released from the hospital on Tuesday, according to City News Service. The O.C. Register reported that the girl was heading towards Santa Ana College on Monday before she was struck by two cars to attend a junior high honors class there and get some paperwork to apply for a scholarship.