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Driver in Crash That Killed Woman Flees : Hit-and-run: Pickup slammed into stalled auto, leaving one dead and five injured. The man who drove the truck ran away.

TIMES STAFF WRITER

A 27-year-old Anaheim woman was killed and five other people, including two young children, were injured early Sunday morning in a hit-and-run accident on the Santa Ana Freeway, authorities said.

The incident north of the Katella off-ramp happened after a 1980 Toyota Corolla broke down in one of the southbound lanes about 12:30 a.m.

Some 20 seconds after it stopped, a 1973 Ford F-100 pickup rear-ended it, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesman.

The driver of the pickup abandoned it and ran off. He is being sought on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and manslaughter, the CHP said.

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Vanida A. Quijada was pronounced dead at the scene, the spokesman said. The other three occupants of the Toyota were injured.

The driver, Jose A. Pacheco, 25, of Anaheim, is in serious condition at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo. He is suspected of drunken driving, the CHP spokesman said.

The two youngsters, who were also in the car, were not in child safety seats, authorities said. Angela Vargas, 2, of Anaheim, and Mauricio Quijada, 4, of Anaheim, are both in serious condition at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center.

Ana Vargas, 22, of Anaheim, was treated at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana for minor injuries, authorities said. Police did not know the relationship of the victims.

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Highway patrol officials said they suspect the driver of the pickup was drunk and may have been injured in the collision.

Ofelia P. Gonzalez, 32, of Stanton, a passenger in the pickup, was treated at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. Her condition was not available.

She told investigators the driver’s name is Jose and that she had only known him for a week, the CHP spokesman said.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or who may have information about the driver of the pickup is requested to call the California Highway Patrol at (714) 892-4426.

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