Man Arrested After License Plate Was Left at Scene of Hit-and-Run Crash

A Nissan Xterra SUV hit a curb and tree after it was clipped at the intersection by a hit-and-run driver in a Dodge Stratus

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    The license plate of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a couple in Santa Ana was found at the intersection. Toni Guinyard reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014.

    A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Santa Ana that left a husband and wife hospitalized, police said.

    Police said a 1998 Dodge Stratus being driven by Santa Ana resident Guillermo Velasquez Flores struck the couple's sport utility vehicle, causing the Stratus' license plate to fall off at an intersection.

    The female victim was in grave condition Tuesday afternoon after she suffered injuries in the crash, reported at about 7 p.m. Monday. Her husband was in stable condition, according to authorities.

    The couple's Nissan Xterra SUV was northbound when it was was clipped at the intersection by the westbound Stratus, according to investigators. The SUV struck a curb and crashed into a tree.

    "The driver of the passenger car fled the scene, making no attempt to stop or check on possible injuries to occupants of the Nissan," Santa Ana police said in a statement. "Both occupants of the Nissan sustained traumatic injuries and were transported to an area hospital for treatment."

    The light green Stratus, license plate 6TUK359, was found early Tuesday afternoon, police said. The license plate and other parts of the Stratus, which likely sustained front-end damage, were scattered at the intersection.

    Anyone with information can call 714-245-8214.

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