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A 72-year-old man was killed and his wife seriously injured Tuesday when a hit-and-run driver in Santa Ana swerved across McFadden Avenue and “plowed” into a bus stop where the pedestrians were sitting, a police corporal said.

Dien Van Le and his 68-year-old wife were waiting for a bus in the 2300 block of McFadden at Center Street about 4:45 a.m. when a Nissan SUV slammed into them, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

Le’s wife has “numerous injuries” but is expected to survive, Bertagna said. The couple were “caretakers” of a nearby Buddhist temple on McFadden, where they lived, he said.

The SUV was eastbound on McFadden when the driver veered all the way across into the west lanes and onto the sidewalk before the vehicle “plowed into the bus stop where our two victims were sitting,” Bertagna said.

“Then he continued — I don’t know how — between a palm tree and a post and gets into a parking lot of the Jerome Park Senior Center, does a u- turn, comes back and stops next to the victims, doesn’t identify himself or get out of the car or calls police and instead flees at a high rate of speed west on McFadden, leaving our victims there,” Bertagna said.

Some debris from the SUV was left behind, so investigators know it was a Nissan, Bertagna said.

“It’s probably black in color with moderate front-end damage,” Bertagna said.

City News Service 

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