Witness Chases Down Alleged Drunken Driver After Fatal Santa Ana Hit-and-Run

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After a hit-and-run collision that killed a 24-year-old man, an alleged drunken driver was chased down by a witness who detained the motorist until police could arrive Tuesday.

Cesar Guzman is seen talking to police after a fatal hit-and-run -crash in Santa Ana. (Credit: KTLA)
Cesar Guzman is seen talking to police after a fatal hit-and-run -crash in Santa Ana. (Credit: KTLA)

The crash occurred in the 800 block of East McFadden Avenue, according to a brief news release from Santa Ana Police Department.

The victim, who lived at a nearby assisted living facility, was sitting on the curb when he was struck about 1:20 p.m., police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

The witness, Cesar Guzman, was driving behind a minivan when he saw the vehicle swerve up onto the curb and then heard a loud bang.

"I saw something rolling over under the car and when it came out it was ... a person," Guzman told KTLA.

Guzman said he got angry when the minivan didn't stop. Since there was another person who ran to help the victim, Guzman said he decided to follow the driver.

Ramon Horta-Jaime, 55, is seen in a booking photo distributed by the Santa Ana Police Department on Nov. 3, 2015.
Ramon Horta-Jaime, 55, is seen in a booking photo distributed by the Santa Ana Police Department on Nov. 3, 2015.

About a half-mile down the road, Guzman managed to get the driver to pull over and turn over his keys, Bertagna said.

Guzman also made sure the driver didn't leave until police arrived.

The 55-year-old driver, identified as Ramon Horta-Jaime,  was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of hit-and-run, felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter, according to Bertagna.

Horta-Jaime was driving on a suspended license because of a previous DUI, the corporal said.

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