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Suspect in fatal Santa Ana hit-and-run surrenders to police

August 24, 2013|By Carla Rivera

A suspect in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Santa Ana turned himself in to police early Saturday and was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and other crimes, authorities said.

Jorge Ocampo, 21, of Santa Ana surrendered at Santa Ana police headquarters just after midnight and was accompanied by several family members, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

Ocampo was booked on suspicion of two counts of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and being an unlicensed driver, Bertagna said.

Ocampo was allegedly behind the wheel of a speeding black Audi that ran a stop sign and broadsided a blue Nissan making a left turn at the intersection of Cabrillo Park Drive and Fruit Street around 10:43 a.m. Friday.

The driver of the Nissan, Alejandro Bravo, 53, of Santa Ana, was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, Juan Jose Luna-Castro, 50, also of Santa Ana, was transported to Western Medical Center where he died of his injuries, authorities said.

After the crash, Ocampo allegedly got out of his car and checked both the driver and passenger sides of the Nissan and then walked away while on his cellphone, Bertagna said.

Arriving officers saw Ocampo run into a condominium complex but after searching for two and a half hours were unable to locate him.  

Ocampo was identified as the registered owner of the Audi and is a gang member on probation, Bertagna said.

“We had photos of him,” Bertagna said. “We conducted a lineup and witnesses identified Ocampo as the suspect who was driving the car when the collision occurred.”


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