SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A 20-year-old man was behind bars on suspicion of being involved in a hit-and-run collision that left a bicyclist in critical condition, Santa Ana police said Friday.
Christopher Carrasco of Garden Grove surrendered to police a couple of hours after the crash on Fairview Street and 17th Street around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
The 48-year-old victim underwent surgery Friday morning, Bertagna said. His name was not released.
“Witnesses say two (vehicles) were racing. Detectives are going to have to look into that,” Bertagna said.
Witnesses told police that the suspect was racing his 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a black Honda Accord, he said.
Alexander Avelar said the noise of street racing keeps him up at night. “There’s a lot of people street racing. It’s crazy. We always hear engines at night when we’re sleeping.”
The victim’s friend, Travis McCabe, said he heard the vehicles speed by then a horrible sound. “Just the sound alone is pretty bad. We heard it all the way from around the corner.”
“They didn’t stop. Obviously, they didn’t get out to check,” Bertagna said. “Both sped off and ran a red light to get away.”
According to police, Carrasco’s sister urged him to turn himself in and he did. “She told him; get in your car; go back and turn yourself in to the police, which he did two hours later,” Bertagna said.
Police were still looking for the driver of the Honda and planned to review security videos from nearby businesses in hopes of identifying the second suspect.
Anyone with information about the collision was asked to contact Santa Ana police at (714) 245-8463.