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Hero in Santa Ana hit-and-run crash honored by police department

Friday, June 29, 2012
Beatriz Jimenez, 29, received a hero award from the Santa Ana Police Department on Thursday, June 28, 2012.

Beatriz Jimenez, 29, received a hero award from the Santa Ana Police Department on Thursday, June 28, 2012. (KABC Photo)

The woman being hailed a hero in a fatal crash in Santa Ana received an honor from the police department.

Beatriz Jimenez, 29, received a hero award on Thursday night. Last weekend, police said a hit-and-run driver struck Eloisa Madrigal, 45, and her two young daughters in the crosswalk at 17th and Spurgeon streets. One of the children was killed.

Investigators said Jimenez witnessed the entire incident. When the driver took off, Jimenez drove after her and blocked her in until police arrived.

The suspect, 33-year-old Jessicah Cowan, was arrested. She faces murder and DUI charges.

The Santa Ana Police Foundation is trying to help the victims' family by collecting donations. If you'd like to help, visit http://www.sapdf.org/tragedy/.

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