5-Year-Old Critically Injured in Hit-and-Run Collision near Mono Avenue

THERMALITO, CA (March 15, 2022) – Authorities are searching for Banessa Santana following a hit-and-run on 12th Street, Saturday afternoon.

Initially, the incident started when Santana almost slammed into the front-end of a patrol vehicle while driving a white BMW in the area.

Authorities then attempted to stop her, however she continued westbound on Mono Avenue where she struck a black Honda Civic.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene and located two juveniles and a man inside the Honda.

Medical personnel transported the two boys to a local hospital where the 5-year-old remained in a critical condition while the other was in a stable condition.

According to police, the 33-year-old female suspect from Oroville fled the scene.

Meanwhile, authorities arrested Santana’s passenger, 50-year-old Jeremy Papesh for outstanding felony warrants. At this time, the Thermalito hit-and-run crash remains under investigation.

Thousands of people are injured each year due to reckless driving. If you’re behind the wheel, pay full attention to the road and your surroundings. Do not engage in any non-driving activity which creates a potential distraction. You can help prevent an accident by abiding by all traffic laws and observing safety precautions.


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