OC hit-run driver strikes woman at memorial for friend killed in motorcycle crash

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- Anaheim police are looking for a young hit-and-run driver who struck a woman as she was lighting a memorial for a friend killed in a motorcycle crash at that same intersection weeks earlier.

Police say the woman was standing on the southwest corner of Euclid and Francis streets Wednesday night on the sidewalk near a memorial for a friend.

That friend who was being memorialized was riding a motorcycle when he was struck by a car and killed in that location weeks earlier, according to a friend of the victim in Wednesday's crash.

Witness Jason Rodriguez said he and the woman had been lighting candles at a memorial to remember their friend for Christmas.

"A car skidded out of control, hit the curb, crashed right into the pole," Rodriguez said. "I jumped into the street, she jumped into the parking lot. The end of his car came in and hit her up against the front end of hers. Hit her car too."

The dark blue Chevrolet Suburban sheared off a pole, left the woman with serious injuries and damaged her parked car.

She was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Rodriguez said the driver and passenger - who appeared to be teenagers not old enough to drive - jumped out of the Suburban and ran away.

Police say anyone with information is urged to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.
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