The suspect of hit-and-run car accident that killed two men Friday turned himself in later the night after the incident, according to Santa Ana police.
Authorities said that Jorge Ocampo, 21, was behind the wheel of an Audi sedan that ran a stop sign and ran into a Nissan Sentra at about 11:30 a.m. at Cabrillo Park Drive and East Fruit Street.
Witnesses told officials that music was blaring loudly from the Audi that was traveling at high speeds.
Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told reporters that hit-and-run suspect was driving northbound on Cabrillo Park, ran a stop sign at high speeds, resulting in a serious collision with a Nissan Sentra that was turning east. They spun with the force of the collision and came to rest about 30 feet from the intersection.
“You can see there’s no skid marks,” he said. “So, he didn’t even slow down.”
Officials said the driver of the Sentra, 53-year-old, Alejandro Bravo, was killed during impact. His passenger, 50-year-old, Juan Jose Luna Castro, died about 40 minutes later at a hospital. Both men were Santa Ana residents.
Per witnesses, Ocampo exited the Audi, made an attempt to open the passenger and the drivers’ doors of the Sentra and left the scene after failing to open them. Holding a cellphone to his ear, he walked into the residential complex.
Originally, officials said they were looking for a passenger that accompanied Ocampo but they later discovered that he was the sole occupant of the vehicle that is registered under his name.
Officers searched for the driver door-to-door at the complex but did not find him. At that point they were unsure if he had fled on foot or called someone to pick him up.
“We don’t know who it was that compelled Ocampo to turn himself in, whether it was pressure from the media or a specific family member, but kudos to them,” Bertagna said. “This gives our victims’ families some closure.”
Authorities have not released the exact details of the accident or whether Ocampo was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. He turned himself in late Friday night and was booked on two counts of manslaughter, two counts of felony hit and run, and one count of being an unlicensed driver. He turned himself in at 10:43 p.m.
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