Laguna Niguel Teen Arrested in Hit and Run

Andrew Michaels, 19, of Laguna Niguel was arrested Saturday following the death of a San Clemente man who was killed while crossing the street on his skateboard. Cesar Medina, 23, was rushed to Mission Hospital after being struck by a black pickup truck around 9:00 p.m. Friday. The pickup fled the scene and never stopped to aid Medina. When Medina arrived to the hospital, it was learned that he was the brother of one of the E.R. nurses who happened to be working that night at the Mission Viejo hospital.

Orange County Sheriff investigators tracked the pickup back to Michaels Laguna Niguel home where he was arrested. Michaels is currently awaiting a court hearing and being held in Orange County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Witnesses told authorities that Medina was in the crosswalk with the walk sign on when he was struck. Michaels Dodge Ram pickup was found at his home and is the vehicle law enforcement officers think was the vehicle that struck Medina.

Michaels is charged with a felony hit and run, which means he can spend up to 4 years in state prison along with having his drivers license revoked and paying restitution to the victims family. Vehicle Code Section 20002 governs what is required if someone who, while driving a motor vehicle causes any damage to persons or property. Failure to comply with these strict requirements can result in criminal prosecution.


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