Santa Ana: Driver Flees After Fatally Striking Pedestrian

07.04.2020 | 1:22 AM | SANTA ANA – A pedestrian was dead after being struck by a driver who fled the scene before being located at a nearby home, early Saturday morning.

Authorities responded to reports of a pedestrian down in the 2400 block of South Fairview Street, near Warner Avenue, around 1:22 AM.

Units arriving on scene located a male pedestrian down in the roadway suffering from major trauma.

Firefighter paramedics pronounced the victim deceased on scene.

Several individuals who saw the victim in the roadway stopped but the driver that hit the man fled.

During a search of the area officers located a vehicle parked in front of a residence with substantial damage consistent with striking a pedestrian.

Officers contacted the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Jonathan Padilla, and placed him under arrest on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.

The circumstances surrounding the crash, including the involvement of drugs or alcohol, remains under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Santa Ana Police Department Investigator N. Quinones at (714) 245-8284.

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