A 41-year-old parolee suspected of crashing a car into a tree in Irwindale and leaving two injured teenaged girls surrendered, authorities announced Wednesday.
Irwindale Police Department officers responded to the area of Live Oak Avenue and Arrow Highway at about 3:10 p.m. Saturday on reports of a solo-vehicle collision, said Irwindale Police Department Sgt. Rudy Gatto.
Arriving officers discovered a blue Honda Accord crashed into a palm tree in the center divider with two injured 15-year-old girls inside.
One girl told officers that she was driving the car at the time of the crash, Gatto said. She was questioned by police again at a hospital and recanted her story, admitting that her stepfather was driving the car and fled the scene on foot before officers arrived.
Detectives identified the driver as Alexander Ramos of El Monte and learned he was a convicted felon on parole, Gatto said. Authorities obtained a warrant for Ramos’ arrest and negotiated his surrender with the assistance of his parole agent.
Ramos turned himself into Irwindale police detectives Sunday and was booked at the West Covina City Jail for charges of felony hit and run causing injury or death, felony child endangerment and violation of his parole conditions, Gatto said.
Ramos remains in custody on a no-bail parole hold.
One of the injured girls remains hospitalized in serious condition. No charges were sought against the second girl, who was released to her parent.
Anyone with information of the collision can contact Irwindale Police Department Detective Diego Cornejo at 626-430-2290 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.