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Identity of woman critically hurt 2 1/2 months ago still unknown

December 31, 2013|By Adolfo Flores
  • Santa Ana police are seeking the public's help in identifying this woman, who was struck by a vehicle on Oct. 15.
Santa Ana police are seeking the public's help in identifying this… (Santa Ana Police Department )

Two and a half months after a woman was struck and critically injured while crossing a busy Santa Ana street, police are still attempting to identify her.

Police said the woman, known only as "Jane Doe," was struck by a passing car in October as she pushed a shopping cart through an intersection.

The unidentified woman was hit on 4th and Lacy streets on Oct. 15 and taken to Western Medical Center in extremely critical condition, said the Santa Ana Police Department in a statement.

The shopping cart had her belongings inside it, leading officers to believe she might be homeless, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department.

“But until we find out who she is, we will not know that,” Bertagna said. 

Investigators have been unable to determine her identity, and so far she has been unable to communicate.

For the past two and a half months, authorities said, the woman has remained dependent on hospital staff.

Her fingerprints were compared to local, state and federal databases but no matches were returned. She also didn’t match any missing persons descriptions in Santa Ana.

Santa Ana police believe she lived near the area where the collision occurred. Investigators are asking anyone who recognizes the woman to contact the Santa Ana Police Traffic Division at (714) 245-8214.


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