Woman seriously injured in hit and run

Santa Cruz Police gather evidence on Maple Street Wednesday evening where a woman was struck by a car in a hit and run crash. (Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

SANTA CRUZ — A woman was critically injured Wednesday night in a hit and run crash on Maple Street in downtown Santa Cruz. Police and firefighters were dispatched to Maple Street between Cedar Street and Pacific Avenue just after 7 p.m. to a report of a hit and run crash involving a vehicle versus a pedestrian.

Officers found a female adult victim in the roadway pinned underneath a vehicle, Lt. Christian Le Moss said. Firefighters immediately rendered medical aid.

Police began searching the area for the suspects reportedly fled the scene. Witnesses provided a description of two suspects to police officers. They suspect were seen jumping fences and running north towards Cathcart Street.

The victim was later taken to a trauma center in critical condition.

Santa Cruz Police detectives also responded and assisted with the investigation. Two Hispanic male suspects, both of Watsonville, were detained by police a short while later. One of the subjects detained was the registered owner of the suspect vehicle involved in the hit and run accident.

This case is still under under investigation.  

Santa Cruz Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Santa Cruz Police Investigations at 420-5820.

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