Girl, 2, in hi­tand-run crash dies

Her grand­mother died at col­li­sion scene last week in Irvine; her mother and brother re­main hos­pi­tal­ized.

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - By Matt Hamil­ton matt.hamil­ton @la­times.com

A 2-year-old girl died Sun­day af­ter she was in­jured last week in a hit-an­drun crash in Irvine in which her grand­mother died, au­thor­i­ties said.

The girl, whose name was not re­leased, was in a car Wed­nes­day with her brother, mother and grand­mother near Muir­lands Boule­vard and Al­ton Park­way when their Chevy Cruze was struck by a black Ford Mus­tang, ac­cord­ing to the Irvine Po­lice Depart­ment.

The grand­mother, Kather­ine Hamp­ton, 54, was pro­nounced dead at the scene. The 7-year-old boy and his mother, 28, re­main hos­pi­tal­ized in sta­ble con­di­tion, po­lice said.

The driver of the Mus­tang, Alec Scott Abra­ham, fled the scene on foot, po­lice said. Af­ter a drag­net in­volv­ing blood­hounds and Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol he­li­copters, au­thor­i­ties found Abra­ham on Thurs­day af­ter­noon in a Costa Mesa park, po­lice said.

Abra­ham, 20, was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of felony gross ve­hic­u­lar man­slaugh­ter and felony hit-and-run. He’s sched­uled to be for­mally charged and ar­raigned Mon­day.

A third ve­hi­cle, a black Honda Civic, also was in­volved in the col­li­sion. The driver of the Civic, a 44year-old woman, was taken to a hos­pi­tal and later re­leased.

Au­thor­i­ties are look­ing into whether street rac­ing may have played a role in the col­li­sion.

Wit­nesses told po­lice that a dark-colored coupe or sedan was driv­ing at high speeds about the time of the col­li­sion.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the col­li­sion is asked to con­tact Irvine po­lice Det. Jonathan Ch­er­ney at (949) 724-7024.

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