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Girls in Labor Day car crash released from hospital

September 07, 2011

COSTA MESA — Two teen girls injured in a Labor Day car crash have been released from the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery, police said Wednesday.

The girls were riding in a four-door BMW driven by a 16-year-old Costa Mesa boy about 3:20 a.m. when he tried to turn north onto Coolidge Avenue from Baker Street but he was going too fast and crashed, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Phil Myers.

A third teen girl was also in the car at the time, Myers said. All three girls, two 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old, are from Costa Mesa.

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One girl suffered a separated shoulder, another suffered a fractured eye socket and the third had bumps and bruises. The two with the more serious injuries were taken to a local hospital and released Wednesday.

Police said after the crash, the driver told the girls he would be back then ran off. He never returned, but police found him shortly after, Myers said. He was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. His identity has not been released because he is a juvenile.

— Joseph Serna

Twitter: @josephserna

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