SANTA ANA Three teenage boys were seriously injured Friday afternoon when a driver struck them and fled, police said.
A driver traveling westbound on Fifth Street drove around a car stopped at Susan Street and struck the boys as they crossed in an unmarked intersection, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
The boys were reportedly walking from a park when they were struck. Witnesses told police that the teens were thrown onto the hood of the car.
All three boys were taken to a hospital. Bertagna said they were “seriously injured,” but it wasn’t immediately clear if their injuries are life-threatening.
The driver fled before police arrived. Officers a short time later located the car believed to have been involved in the accident abandoned a short distance away at Fifth and Figueroa Street.
Police seek the driver, who they described only as a Hispanic man in his 20s. The vehicle is registered to a resident of another city, Bertagna said, and investigators are working to track down the owner.
Both directions of Fifth Street have been closed from Harbor Boulevard to the riverbed as investigators go over the scene.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to call the call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS, or 855-847-6227, or contact the organization through its website at occrimestoppers.org.
By SEAN EMERY/ THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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