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2nd driver arrested in Santa Ana hit-and-run; girl, 14, struck twice

Police Wednesday arrested a second suspect in connection with a hit-and-run in Santa Ana. The woman, they say, was behind the wheel of a Cadillac that injured a 14-year-old girl as she ran through traffic.

Amanda Aie Sananikone, 21, of Anaheim, was taken to the Santa Ana Police Department jail and booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, authorities said.

The girl was crossing the intersection at Bristol Street and 17th Street near Santa Ana College against a red signal on Monday afternoon when she was struck by two vehicles.

Adan Camacho, 32, of Santa Ana, who was driving the pickup that first struck the girl, never stopped to render aid, police said. Camacho was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run earlier this week.

Sananikone was driving the second vehicle to strike the girl, according to police. Sananikone got out of her Cadillac, but when officers arrived, she did not indicate she was involved and left the scene, authorities said.

Surveillance video, however, showed her car also struck the girl and detectives used the footage to deduce the driver of the second vehicle probably was a Santa Ana College student. On Wednesday a campus safety officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of the car in the video, contacted the driver and called police, who interviewed Sananikone before making the arrest.

“Had both drivers stayed at the scene, this would have been the 14-year-old’s fault,” Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told KTLA-TV Channel 5, noting that the girl "jetted out in front" of the vehicles. "She was responsible for what happened.”

The girl was released from the hospital Tuesday after being treated for leg injuries, police told KTLA.

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