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CMPD has arrested the suspect in the hit-and-run

by: Costa Mesa PD
Posted: March 22, 2018

COSTA MESA...The Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) has arrested the suspect in the hit-and-run that left a cyclist injured Tuesday morning. For more information on the incident, please see our previous post. 

Pratiti Renee Mehta


The suspect, Pratiti Renee Mehta, 33, Costa Mesa, was arrested Tuesday evening for felony hit-and-run resulting in injury. Mehta’s booking photo is attached. 

As a result of the incident being posted on social media, Mehta was apprehended. 

CMPD would like to thank everyone who reached out to the Department in regards to the hit-and-run. We appreciate the public’s assistance; this was a great example of “see something, say something.”

The Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) is seeking the public’s help identifying the driver involved in a hit-and-run that left a cyclist injured. 

Today, March 20, 2018, at approximately 8:20 a.m., officers, along with the Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue, were dispatched to Bristol Street and Red Hill Avenue in response to a hit-and-run that left a cyclist on the roadway. The caller, who reported the incident, was with the 56-year-old male victim on the roadway when first responders arrived. 

The victim, who suffered a compound ankle fracture, was immediately transported to a nearby hospital and CMPD shut down the intersection to begin their investigation. It is believed that the driver involved in the hit-and-run was driving a 2012-2015 black Mercedes Benz SLK300 or SLK350.  

Photos of the vehicle, and the victim in the first photo, are included and can be provided separately to the media upon request. If you recognize the vehicle, have information on the driver, or witnessed the incident, please contact CMPD Traffic Investigator Darren Wood at 714-754-5264. 

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