ER Nurse Finds Hit-and-Run Patient is Dying Brother; Suspect Arrested | NBC Southern California

ER Nurse Finds Hit-and-Run Patient is Dying Brother; Suspect Arrested

The victim's sister, Jennifer Medina, was working a busy shift at the hospital when her 23-year-old brother was brought in unresponsive and not breathing.

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    Jennifer Medina was working a busy shift at the hospital when her 23-year-old brother was brought in unresponsive and not breathing after a hit-and-run crash. Melissa Etezadi reports for the NBC4 News at 5 & 6. (Published Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.) (Published Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015)

    A suspect was arrested in the fatal hit-and-run crash of Cesar Andres Medina, authorities said Saturday. 

    Andrew Christopher Michaels, 19, of Laguna Niguel was arrested in connection with the crash, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

    An emergency room nurse, Jennifer Medina, was trying to cope with the heartbreak after she discovered that the patient she was treating while working the night shift at a Southern California hospital was her dying brother, Cesar.

    Medina, known to friends as Andy, was transported to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in San Juan Capistrano Friday night.

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    His sister, Jennifer Medina, was working a busy shift at the hospital when her 23-year-old brother was brought in unresponsive and not breathing.

    As doctors worked frantically to save Medina, Jennifer Medina and her coworker looked for his identification. "I recognized the wallet ... And she opened it up and it was my brother's face right there," said Jennifer Medina in tears. "Everything just collapsed I just couldn't hold it together."

    The collision was reported around 10:10 p.m. on Del Obispo Street and Paseo Carolina, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

    Witness accounts and evidence shows Medina was struck in the crosswalk as he crossed from the south to the north side of Del Obispo, OCSD said. Witnesses also said Cesar Andres Medina had the right of way while crossing on a green light.

    "Please. I'm begging the guy that killed my nephew to go to the police," said Mary Floyd, the victim's aunt.

    "I just knew I wanted to say my last goodbyes to Andy after they cleaned him up," said Jennifer Medina. "And tell him how much I love him."

    A GoFundMe page has been set up in Cesar Andres Medina's memory.

    Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators said deputies located a truck matching the description of the vehicle believed to be involved in the hit-and-run.

    The Dodge Ram truck was parked in the driveway of a home.

    Michaels contacted the sheriff's department and after authorities interviewed him, he was arrested on felony hit-and-run.

    He was set to be booked in Orange County Jail.

    Anyone with information about the vehicle or who witnessed this collision is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Traffic Bureau at (714) 647-7000 or (949) 425-1860.

    Corey Arvin contributed to this report.

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