A man lying on a Santa Ana street was fatally struck by a driver who fled after running over the victim, but the alleged motorist was taken into custody after contacting police a short time later.
The man was struck about 5:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of South Bristol Street, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Investigators were working to identify the victim, who had no identification on him, Bertagna said. Police only know that he was a black man in his 20s or 30s, Bertagna said.
A witness driving south on Bristol saw the victim lying in the street covered with a blanket, and when she did a u-turn to get a better look she saw the man partially sit up and then lie down again, Bertagna said.
She then saw a vehicle nearly strike the man, and as she was calling police, another vehicle ran over the victim, Bertagna said.
The driver stopped about 30 to 40 feet away, but then took off, Bertagna said.
About 90 minutes later, a man claiming to be the driver called police and said he ran over the victim on Bristol, but he got frightened and drove off, Bertagna said.
Police went to the caller’s home and found the vehicle that struck the victim, Bertagna said. The man was booked on suspicion of a fatal hit and run, Bertagna said.
“The sad thing is if he had stayed there it would have been a simple accident,” Bertagna said.
It was unclear why the victim was lying on the roadway.