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Woman arrested after hit-and-run in Costa Mesa that injured bicyclist

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Pratiti Renee Mehta, 33, of Costa Mesa was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run Tuesday that injured a bicyclist.
(Courtesy of Costa Mesa Police Department)

A woman was arrested Tuesday after a hit-and-run crash earlier in the day left a bicyclist injured in Costa Mesa, authorities said.

Pratiti Renee Mehta, 33, of Costa Mesa was taken into custody on suspicion of felony hit-and-run resulting in injury after the Costa Mesa Police Department released details about the incident and asked for the public’s help in identifying a suspect.

The Police Department announced Mehta’s arrest in a statement Tuesday evening.

“We appreciate the public’s assistance; this was a great example of ‘see something, say something.’” the department said.

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Police officers and fire officials responded to the crash scene near the intersection of Red Hill Avenue and Bristol Street at about 8:20 a.m., police said.

The cyclist, a 56-year-old man, suffered a compound ankle fracture and was taken to a nearby hospital, police said.

The department released an image from surveillance footage showing what police described as a black Mercedes-Benz traveling behind the cyclist.

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A black Mercedes-Benz that authorities suspect was involved in a hit-and-run with the bicyclist at right is seen in security footage Tuesday in Costa Mesa.
(Courtesy of Costa Mesa Police Department )

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