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Mom of 3, devastated after suspected DUI driver plows into family, speaks out

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Mom of 3, devastated after suspected DUI driver plows into family, speaks out

A young, grieving mother of three whose family was tragically struck by a suspected DUI driver earlier this week who fled the scene, leaving her husband and two of her children in critical condition, is speaking out.  

First responders with the Garden Grove Police Department and the Orange County Fire Authority responded to the area of Haster Street and Twintree Lane in Garden Grove on July 7 around 7:30 p.m. on reports of the multi-casualty hit-and-run crash.   

At the scene, medical personnel found 27-year-old Angel Mejia and his wife, 25-year-old Angela Hernandez-Mejia, who had been riding bikes and towing their three children in carriers when they were struck by a motorist who fled the scene without stopping to identify himself or render aid. 

“It’s crazy,” Angela told KTLA’s Kimberly Cheng. “I was a minute away from home, like, one minute and it happened.” 

She was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital. Her 8-month-old daughter, who was also injured, is expected to be released from the hospital soon. 

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The 25-year-old mother said the driver, now identified as 29-year-old Santa Ana resident Ceferino Ramos, hit her husband first. 

“The car hit them first, which made Angel fly into the vehicle and hit the tire,” she explained.  

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Her husband, her 7-year-old daughter Gianna and her 5-year-old son Jacob were severely injured and remain in the hospital in critical condition.  

Sadly, her son Jacob, who has had at least two surgeries for brain injuries, is not improving. 

“If he doesn’t respond, then I can have him disconnected and be with him at peace, hug him and be there for him,” she said. “If not, they can leave him connected as long as they need to, but that can affect his brain more. I don’t know what to do at this point. As a mother, you don’t know what to do.”  

Devastated, Angela is hoping for a miracle and asked that everyone keep her son in their prayers.  

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Immediately after the devastating crash, a good Samaritan followed Ramos and notified police, who quickly took the man into custody about a mile from the crash.  

Video showed a shattered passenger side windshield on his car and an open, half-full bottle of beer on the roof.  

“My mom said to forgive him, but it’s hard,” Angela said. “My son might not make it and I need to think positive. I’m not going to hate somebody, but it’s not fair. They shouldn’t be drinking and driving. I haven’t slept. I haven’t been able to eat.”  

Ramos is expected to face charges of driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run.  

A GoFundMe has been organized to help the family during this time.  

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Murder suspect arrested after fleeing scene of fatal parking lot stabbing  

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Murder suspect arrested after fleeing scene of fatal parking lot stabbing  

A Riverside County man is in custody after he allegedly fatally stabbed another man in a parking lot. 

According to a release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the 31000 block of Riverside Drive at 9:32 p.m. Saturday in Lake Elsinore on calls of an assault with a deadly weapon. 

Arriving deputies located a man suffering from several stab wounds, RCSO said; he was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

His identity is not being released pending notification of next-of-kin. 

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“Deputies developed suspect information and a direction of travel in which he fled after the stabbing,” RCSO stated.  “The suspect was soon located fleeing into an apartment complex in the 16000 block of Joy Street.” 

Deputies later took the man – identified as 50-year-old Steven Smith of Lake Elsinore – into custody without further incident inside the apartment complex, authorities said. 

No additional suspects are believed to be outstanding, law enforcement officials added.

Smith was booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center for murder.  Inmate records indicate that he was also charged with two misdemeanors: unlawful possession of paraphernalia and trespassing. 

His bail was set at $1 million. 

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Smith is scheduled to appear at the Murrieta Southwest Justice Center for his first court appearance on Wednesday. 

Anyone with information surrounding the deadly stabbing is asked to contact Investigator D. Robinson with the RCSO’s Central Homicide Unit by calling 951-955-2777.

Information can also be submitted to Investigator Contreras at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station by calling 951-245-3300.

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Angeles National Forest ‘Fork Fire’ at 30% containment

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Angeles National Forest ‘Fork Fire’ at 30% containment

The “Fork Fire,” which has burned more than 300 acres in Angeles National Forest since Friday, is at about 30% containment as of Saturday night, according to authorities.

The fire was first reported at 3:23 p.m. Friday. It’s since torched about 330 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The burning area on Saturday night was down from 375 acres on Friday evening.

As of Saturday, the following roads were closed:

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“Today, firefighters faced steep terrain with difficult access points,” the Forest Service said. “Despite this challenge, ground crews were able to construct handline and put a hoselay at the heel of the fire bringing the fire containment to 30%.”

The Forest Service said crews would work through the night to gain containment, and helicopters were dumping water on the flames in the evening. In all, 181 fire personnel were battling the blaze.

No structures were threatened as of Saturday night. There was no word on injuries or threat to life, besides on photo shared online by officials showing a hoist operation being made. The condition of the person rescued was not immediately made available.

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Deputies shoot person in West Hollywood

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Deputies shoot person in West Hollywood

Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shot a person in West Hollywood on Saturday, authorities confirmed.

According to LASD Public Information Officer Veronica Fantom, the shooting happened at about 5:45 p.m. An exact location was not immediately made available.

It was not clear whether the person shot was armed or if they also fired shots toward the deputies. The person was transported to a local hospital, where their condition is unknown as of 8:55 p.m.

All deputies were accounted for, Fantom said. It was unclear whether any other injuries were sustained.

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