Hit-and-run driver caught by campus safety officers

Santa Ana Police search Ananikone’s car after campus safety officers identified her as the second hit-and-run driver from a crash that sent a 14-year-old girl to the hospital Monday. / C. Harold Pierce / el Don

By Harold Pierce and Katie Porter

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] second hit-and-run driver who struck a 14-year-old girl Monday in front of campus was caught Wednesday in the parking lot south of Dunlap Hall.

Amanda Aie Sananikone, a Santa Ana College student, was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run. (See video here)

Amanda Aie Sananikone was arrested Wednesday for felony hit and run. / Courtesy SAPD

When campus safety officers viewed tapes of the incident, they observed the driver pulling into the Santa Ana College parking lot moments after the accident.

Around the same time Wednesday, two SAC officers were waiting for her.

“We engaged her and called the police department and asked them if they wanted to respond. They came when we had bird in hand,” District Safety and Security Supervisor Lt. James Wooley said.

Campus security detained her until police arrived about 10 minutes later, Wooley said.

Campus security videos show the girl crossing several lanes of traffic against a red light. The girl was struck twice.

The first driver, Adan Camacho, 32, was heading south on Bristol Street, past the intersection of 17th Street, when he clipped a girl who witnesses say appeared to be jaywalking. The impact launched her into the outside lane where she was hit again by the black Cadillac.

She stayed at the accident to talk to police, but did not tell officials that she hit the girl.

Camacho was arrested shortly after the accident and charged with felony hit-and-run and driving without a license.

The pedestrian was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital with leg injuries and released Tuesday.

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1 Comment

  • It’s the kid’s fault, but the drivers should not have hit-and-run. It’s unfortunate how the act of one stupid person have now affected several people.

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