32-year-old charged with murder, suspected of purposefully running over man in Anaheim

ANAHEIM — A 32-year-old man suspected of running over a man in the parking lot of a convenience store in Anaheim was charged Tuesday with murder, according to court records.

Joshua Michael Petro is accused of killing 36-year-old Stephen McGuire of El Monte early Saturday, according to Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Shane Carringer.

Police were called to the 7-Eleven store at 107 W. Ball Road, near Anaheim Boulevard, at 12:38 a.m. Saturday regarding a traffic accident, Carringer said.

When officers arrived they found the victim, who was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Carringer said. Further investigation revealed the victim was purposefully run over by a car, Carringer said.

Police later tracked down Petro at a motel in the city and arrested him, Carringer said. Police would not reveal what relationship the two may have had or what prompted the attack, Carringer said.

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Driver charged with gross vehicular manslaughter in Santa Ana crash that killed a passenger in his car

SANTA ANA — A 22-year-old man was charged Wednesday with gross vehicular manslaughter for a collision in Santa Ana a year and a half ago that killed a passenger in his vehicle.

Manuel Jesus Galindo was behind the wheel of a 2013 Hyundai Sonata that was southbound on Newhope Street about 10:50 a.m. on Oct. 12, 2019, when the sedan collided with another car and slammed into a street pole at Westminster Boulevard, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

The brunt of the impact was on the passenger side of the car, where 20-year-old Kobe Kidwell of Santa Ana was sitting, Bertagna said. Kidwell died of his injuries.

Galindo sustained serious injuries in the crash, and two women in the back seat of his car also were injured and taken to an area hospital, Bertagna said.

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Huntington Beach investigators seek help finding suspect in fatal hit-and-run

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Huntington Beach police Tuesday asked for the public’s help tracking down a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run collision in January.

Police released more details about the vehicle involved in the collision that killed 29-year-old pedestrian Jacob Andrew Conroy of Midway City on Jan. 24.

Police are looking for a full-sized SUV with dark tinted windows similar to a newer-model Chevrolet Tahoe or Cadillac Escalade, according to Lt. Brian Smith of the Huntington Beach Police Department.

The SUV was going southbound on Goldenwest Street north of Oxford Drive when it struck Conroy, who was crossing outside of a crosswalk, Smith said. The driver fled the scene and Conroy was pronounced dead at the scene, Smith added.

A second vehicle struck Conroy, but that driver stopped and cooperated with investigators.

The suspect vehicle is believed to have sustained moderate front-end collision damage, Smith said.

Anyone with information was asked to contact investigators at 714-536- 5231 or 536-5670. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS.

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Motorcyclist killed in crash on Ortega Highway near Lake Elsinore

LAKE ELSINORE — A motorcyclist was fatally struck by a car Saturday on Ortega Highway (Highway 74) near Lake Elsinore.

The crash was reported at 5:15 p.m. just east of Lookout Roadhouse, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A witness told the CHP a small black sedan struck the motorcycle, and that the rider hit the ground. A witness also said a group of other motorcyclists was threatening the sedan’s driver.

The 74 was temporarily shut down in both directions for the investigation, the CHP said.

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Pedestrian fatally struck in Stanton

STANTON — A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed Tuesday night in Stanton.

Deputies responded about 9 p.m. to the 7600 block of Katella Avenue, near Date Street, where they found a woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Lt. J. Montano of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The woman was possibly outside of a marked crosswalk at the time of the crash. The driver of the vehicle was taken to a hospital to be tested for DUI, Montano said.

The area around Katella Avenue and Date Street was closed to traffic until further notice.

The name of the victim was not immediately disclosed.

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Man arrested on suspicion of DUI after Huntington Beach crash kills 2

A Sunset Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a multi-vehicle traffic crash in Huntington Beach left two people dead on Tuesday evening, Jan. 19.

35-year-old Eric Kinser was transported to UCI Medical Center for treatment and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the Huntington Beach Police Department said in a statement.

At 6:45 p.m., police responded to reports of a multi-vehicle collision in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Warner Avenue. Three vehicles with extensive damage were found in the southbound lanes of PCH.

After a preliminary investigation, it was determined that Kinser drove a white 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck north on PCH and crossed over the center median into southbound lanes of traffic, police said. He collided head-on with a silver 1999 Toyota Solara, driven by a 19-year-old man from Newport Beach; and a white 2012 Lexus RX350, driven by a 71-year old woman from Huntington Beach, the Police Department said.

The driver of the Lexus was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver of the Toyota was transported to UCI Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries, police said. A 45-year old female passenger in the Lexus was transported to OC Global Medical Center with moderate injuries.

Anyone with information about the crash was asked to contact Huntington Beach Police Traffic Investigator D. Demetre at 714-536-5670.

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Man gets 5 years in prison for hit-and-run that killed bicyclist in Aliso Viejo

SANTA ANA — A 39-year-old Lake Forest man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a hit-and-run collision in Aliso Viejo that killed a bicyclist.

Rogelio Martinez-Cuin on Dec. 2 admitted one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury, both felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended or revoked license due to a DUI, according to court records. He was sentenced Thursday.

Martinez-Cuin ran a red light, was inattentive and driving at an unsafe speed, according to the criminal complaint.

Michael David Tomlinson of Aliso Viejo, 51, was riding on Westridge Drive, crossing Woods Canyon Drive, when he was struck by a Volvo about 6:40 a.m. Jan. 30, 2019, according to Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The driver kept going, but witnesses gave deputies a vehicle description, she said.

The vehicle was found about a mile away, and deputies arrested Martinez-Cuin a short distance from the Volvo, Braun said.

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Woman dies after being struck by vehicle in Santa Ana

A woman died at a local hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Santa Ana, the Santa Ana Police Department reported.

Nanci Perea Rosales, 69, died at UCI Medical Center on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 9:33 p.m., according to the Orange County Coroner’s Office.

Earlier in the day at about 2:10 p.m., Santa Ana PD received multiple calls of a vehicle and pedestrian collision in the area of Main Street and Alton Avenue. Officers responded to the scene and found Rosales down in the roadway suffering from major injuries.

Orange County Fire Authority personnel responded to the scene and treated  Rosales before she was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

A preliminary investigation revealed the Rosales was crossing Main Street, north of the intersection of Alton Avenue, when the involved vehicle was traveling west on Alton Avenue and turned north onto Main Street, striking the Rosales, according to Santa Ana PD. The involved driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigating officers.

Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Investigator Corporal Hadley at 714-245-8216.

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Pedestrian fatally struck in Santa Ana, driver flees

SANTA ANA — A pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle Sunday night and the driver fled the scene.

The crash was reported at 7:13 p.m. on First Street east of Bristol Street, said Santa Ana police Commander Andy Alvarez.

Arriving officers found the pedestrian in the street, Alvarez said. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

The age and gender of the victim, and a description of the vehicle were not available until the on-scene investigation concluded, he said.

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Pedestrian fatally struck while walking in street in Orange

A pedestrian was struck and killed while walking in a street in Orange on Tuesday evening, the Orange Police Department said.

The man was hit by a red sedan traveling south around 7 p.m. near the 1900 block of North Tustin Street, the Police Department reported. Paramedics responded and the victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The driver of the sedan remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, the Police Department said. Drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision, police said.

Anyone with information on the investigation was asked to call the Orange Police Department at 714-744-7444.

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