The driver in a hit and run crash, which happened over the weekend in Santa Ana has turned herself in to authorities.
The Orange County Register reports that Karina Elizabeth Garcia, 25, of Irvine had been allegedly driving her Honda Civic in Santa Ana when she struck a 79-year-old woman who was in the crosswalk in the 2500 block of North Fairview Street on Sunday, October 6th at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told reporters that Garcia, accompanied by her attorney, turned herself in at the police station on Monday afternoon and admitted to hitting the woman and fleeing the scene of the crash, which left the victim in critical condition.
Authorities have not released the woman’s identity, and she remains in the hospital in critical condition.
Garcia told police where the vehicle that was involved in the crash was located. Upon further investigation, the damage to Garcia’s Honda Civic was consistent with having struck a pedestrian
Garcia was taken into custody and booked into jail in Santa Ana on suspicion of hit-and-run, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury and driving on a license suspended after a DUI conviction.
Court records indicate that in October of 2017, Garcia pleaded guilty for driving under the influence of alcohol. At the time of her arrest in the previous incident, Garcia had a blood alcohol level of 0.020 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.