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Descriptions of 3 Cars Given in Laguna Hit-and-Run

Police released descriptions Thursday of three cars, all driven by hit-and-run drivers, which one by one struck a woman on Coast Highway.

Nanette G. Martin, 33, of Mission Viejo was struck three times in the southbound lanes on Monday when she tried to cross in heavy traffic.

None of the drivers waited for police to arrive, although the female driver of the last vehicle stopped briefly, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Mike Hall said.

The first driver who struck Martin was driving a white pickup truck, which may have lost a side view mirror in the accident, police said.

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The second driver whose car ran over her seconds later was described as a white woman in her late 30s or early 40s, with short hair and a slim build. Hall said she was driving a faded 1990 white Jeep Cherokee, and a passenger was with her.

The driver of the third car, which also ran over the woman, was described as in her late 30s or early 40s, possibly Asian and “very professional” looking, wearing a tailored tweed jacket. She was driving a copper-colored, late 1970s or early 1980s Mercedes-Benz. Police released a composite drawing of this woman who was seen by witnesses when she got out of the car, but left before police arrived.

Martin remains in serious condition at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo, hospital officials said.

Anyone with further information about the accident was urged to call the Laguna Beach police traffic office at (714) 497-0307 or the watch commander at (714) 497-0359.

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