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Young hit-and-run victim forgives driver

February 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The young girl who was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Santa Ana Feb. 6 is recovering from serious injuries.

However Teresa Pham, the young victim, said she feels no anger toward the man who hit her and left her writhing in pain in the street.

"Maybe he has a family and I don't really know what's happening in his life but maybe he's dealing with stuff," she said. "I would say, 'God bless you.'"

Only Eyewitness News was present as Santa Ana Police arrested 65-year-old Arif Abdul Sattar of Fountain Valley.

Police say Sattar hit 13-year-old Pham as she was riding her bicycle in a crosswalk north on Greenville Street across Warner Avenue at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6.

They say Sattar never stopped, leaving Pham in the middle of the street.

The girl was injured severely. Drivers stopped to help the girl. She was hospitalized in critical condition.

She suffered broken bones in her right leg and severe injuries to her face, according to her father. She was unable to give a description of the vehicle.

Santa Ana Police say Sattar's family saw the original Eyewitness News story last week and convinced him to surrender to police.

"The family was advised by the suspect that he was possibly in an accident. They saw the story and got an attorney and came forward," said Santa Ana Police Corporal Anthony Bertagna."Through negotiating with the attorney, the suspect in this case has surrendered himself as well as the vehicle as being involved in this accident."

Pham is recovering from a broken leg and severe injuries to her face. Santa Ana Police say she has been released from the hospital.

Sattar faces felony hit-and-run charges.


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