12-year-old girl struck by hit and run driver in Santa Ana

An arrest has been made in connection with a hit-and-run crash that hospitalized a 12-year-old girl in Santa Ana Wednesday morning. 

According to police, the girl, who is a student at Fitz Intermediate Language Academy, was walking to school near McFadden Avenue and S. Gates Street around 8 a.m. when she was hit.

She was taken to the hospital where she underwent two surgeries and is in stable condition.

The driver, identified as 18-year-old Madeline Ortiz of Santa Ana, was arrested later that evening after authorities located the suspect vehicle, a blue four-door Honda.

Ortiz was booked for felony hit and run at the Santa Ana Jail.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl. D. Carrillo at (714) 245-8208 or the Santa Ana Police Department's Traffic Division at (714) 245-8200.

City News Service contributed to this reported.