Woman Struck, Killed by Driver Fleeing Police in Anaheim

Police are looking for the driver responsible for hitting and killing a pedestrian in Anaheim.

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A woman was walking outside when she was hit and killed by a car that was fleeing police Saturday in Anaheim.

A little after 1 a.m. Anaheim police received calls of a crash that took place on North East Street. When they arrived they found a woman who had been hit by a vehicle, and damage to multiple nearby homes. Police said the victim was in her 40s and died at a hospital.

According to neighbors, the woman walks in the area and was hit by a vehicle then thrown onto a homeowners front yard. Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Jon McClintock said the driver was fleeing a Placentia Police Department officer.

"Very strong, very hard," said Jose, a neighbor who did not want to be further identified. "I was sleeping but then I woke up, big accident and then maybe 10 minutes after a lot of police coming."

After hitting the woman, the driver also struck multiple gates and caused damage to homes before taking off.

The driver was initially able to get away, but he was found after Anaheim police officers received a call about a suspicious person at a church on the 1400 block of La Palma Avenue, McClintock said. After talking to him, the officers determined he was the driver from the deadly crash.

The man, whom police did not name, was booked into jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, hit-and-run resulting in injury or death, driving under the influence causing bodily injury, auto theft and possession of a stolen vehicle.

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