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Felon arrested in Santa Ana case of hit and run that left fetus dead

A 27-year-old Santa Ana convicted felon was arrested Thursday, July 2, on suspicion of a hit-and-run collision that killed a pregnant woman’s eight-month-old fetus, authorities said.

Joel Giovanni Andalon was arrested and booked Thursday afternoon and being held in Santa Ana’s jail on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

The crash occurred about 9:45 a.m. June 26 at First and Lacy streets. Three people were injured in the two-car collision.

Andalon was speeding when his car slammed into another vehicle turning left onto Lacy, Bertagna said.

The pregnant woman, a friend of the suspect’s who was in Andalon’s car, had emergency surgery with the fetus pronounced dead, Bertagna said.

Andalon was accused of getting out of the car and running away.

Andalon pleaded guilty March 29, 2019 to leading police on a chase and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Anyone with information about the collision was asked to contact Investigator Cpl. Danny Carrillo at 714-245-8208.

Source: Orange County Register

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