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Santa Ana Police Department. photo.

A fatally wounded driver whose pickup truck was seen weaving across a Santa Ana road Thursday before nearly hitting a homeless woman on a bicycle was shot while driving to work, police said.

The near-crash into the bicyclist took place about 5:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of West Fifth Street, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

“The woman saw this car weaving across the road and thought the man was drunk,” Bertagna said. “She managed to get out of the way and wasn’t hurt. But when police arrived at the scene, they found a bullet hole through the back window of the car which hit and killed (the) driver.”

The woman managed to jump off her bike to avoid getting hit by the Ford F250, which dragged the bike before stopping, Bertagna said.

“She lost all her collectables for the night — there were cans and bottles everywhere,” Bertagna said. “And now she’s out of a bike, too.”

Police identified the victim as 27-year-old Erik Montes of Santa Ana.

Detectives have not established a motive, Bertagna said, and are “trying to find the original crime scene.”

A 40-year-old man was shot in the jaw while driving to work in what was an apparently random attack Jan. 19 in the 1300 block of East Edinger Avenue. The victim survived the shooting.

Anyone with information on the latest shooting was asked to call Santa Ana police at (714) 245-8049.

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