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A 19-year-old woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of hit-and-run in connection with a crash that caused serious but survivable injuries to a 2-year-old boy in Placentia.

The boy was hit from behind about 10 p.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of Gonzales Street, said Lt. Eric Point, public information officer with the Placentia Police Department.

“Witnesses described one tire of the vehicle rolling over the child,” he said.

The vehicle, described as a dark green or black Ford Explorer SUV being driven by a woman, left the scene, Point said.

Paramedics arrived and treated the child at the scene before taking him to UCI Medical Center in Orange, he said, adding that the boy was expected to survive.

“Witnesses at the scene identified the driver and the vehicle,” Point said. “Officers searched for the suspect in the surrounding area as well as at an address in Garden Grove where the vehicle was registered, however, the suspect and vehicle were not located.”

About 11:30 a.m. today, a Placentia motorcycle officer saw the suspect driving the SUV, a green 2000 Ford Explorer, in the 900 block of South Placentia Avenue, Point said.

Stephanie Morales of Placentia was stopped and arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run causing injuries and was booked at the Orange County Jail with bail set at $50,000, Point said.

The SUV was impounded as evidence, he said.

City News Service

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