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SUV driver sought in Santa Ana hit-and-run that left 1 woman dead, 2 hurt

Authorities are searching for the driver of an SUV who struck three young women, killing one, in Santa Ana early Sunday before fleeing the scene.

The hit-and-run crash occurred on Hazard Avenue, west of Harbor Boulevard, about 12:20 a.m., said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.

It appeared that the young women were standing in a two-way turn lane on Hazard Avenue when they were struck by the dark-colored SUV, authorities said. The driver continued eastbound on Hazard Avenue.

Two of the pedestrians were transported to a local hospital for medical treatment, and one died while en route, Santa Ana police said.

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The young women were between the ages of 16 and 20 and lived in Van Nuys, Oakland and Paramount, Bertagna said. The identification of the victims is pending notification of family.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Santa Ana Police Department’s Collision Investigation Unit at (714) 245-8200.

For more California breaking news, follow @AngelJennings. She can also be reached at angel.jennings@latimes.com.

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