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DA: Man Charged With Hit-and-Run For Leaving Girlfriend, Child in Street

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A 21-year-old man was charged Tuesday with felony hit and run and child abuse for failing to stop after his girlfriend and her 13-month-old daughter fell out of a his SUV in Santa Ana on Halloween night.


A young girl was found lying next to her fatally injured mother in a Santa Ana street. (Credit: Santa Ana Police)

Francisco Javier Montano was accused of failing to stop his Toyota Rav4 after his girlfriend Gloria Sanchez, who was holding the toddler on her lap, fell out of the vehicle, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Montano allegedly kept going, leaving the badly injured mother and child lying in the street, prosecutors said.

It happened about 8 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of West Edinger Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found Sanchez suffering from major trauma. The 21-year-old later died of her injuries.

Lying near Sanchez was her daughter, whose name was not released. She suffered only minor injuries.

The identity of the victims was initially unknown. Family members came forward the next day after seeing news accounts of the incident.

Montano was being held on $200,000 bail and is considered a flight risk, authorities said.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison and six months in jail.

Anyone with information in the case was urged to contact the Santa Ana Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 714-245-8390, or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.