A teen in Southern California was hit twice while running across a busy intersection in a harrowing scene caught by a surveillance camera.
The 14-year-old girl was crossing against the red light in heavy traffic in Santa Ana on Monday when she was first sideswiped by a red pickup truck and struck full-on by a black Cadillac, according to video posted on KABC and KTLA.
The driver of the truck stopped briefly, but then left. He was later identified as Adan Camacho, 32, and arrested on charges of felony hit-and-run and driving without a valid license. The driver of the car stopped to help; however, she left the scene without telling police she was involved in the accident.
Police are still looking for her, but say that neither driver would've been in trouble if they had stuck around.
“Had both drivers stayed at the scene, this would have been the 14-year-old’s fault,” Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department told KTLA. “She was responsible for what happened.”
In 2010, 70,000 pedestrians were hurt and 4,280 killed in traffic accidents, the CDC reported. Those incidents resulted in an injury every 8 minutes and a death every 2 hours.
While the agency didn't provide specific statistics for jaywalking, a 2005 study found that unsafe pedestrian behavior may be the cause of incidents as much as 80 percent of the time.
The girl was taken to a hospital, treated for leg injuries and released the next day.