A convicted gang-affiliated robber pleaded guilty and was immediately sentenced to nearly a year in jail Thursday for a hit-and-run collision in Orange that sent two victims to a hospital.
Juan Manuel Zuniga, who has been in custody since April 3, was sentenced to 364 days in jail after pleading guilty to two felony counts of failing to stop at a hit-and-run accident with injury.
The collision happened just before 5 p.m., May 17, 2018, at Batavia Street and Taft Avenue, said Sgt. Phil McMullin of the Orange Police Department.
Zuniga was driving a 2010 Lexus that crashed into a 2016 Honda Civic, McMullin said.
Police found the Lexus in the 1900 block of North Lyon Street in Santa Ana, McMullin said. The defendant’s sister falsely claimed she was the driver, but police obtained a DNA sample from the driver’s-side air bag and linked it to Zuniga, McMullin added.
The two victims who complained of pain to the head, neck back and shoulders were taken to an area hospital, McMullin said.
Zuniga was on probation at the time of the collision. He pleaded guilty April 28, 2017, to a felony count of second-degree robbery and admitted a sentencing enhancement for gang activity, and also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of street terrorism.
As part of the plea deal, charges of assault with a deadly weapon and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury were dropped.
Zuniga was sentenced to 270 days in jail and placed on three years probation.
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