Santa Ana Police Department
Victim: Trisha Irene Verdugo (27) Orange
On Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 10:41 PM, SAPD Officers responded to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision in the parking lot of the Dollar Tree store located at 1900 North Grand Ave.
Upon arrival, officers located a 27-year old adult female, Trisha Irene Verdugo of Orange, down in the parking lot with multiple injuries. Verdugo died at the scene as a result of her injuries.
The investigation revealed that Verdugo was a mourner paying respects to Joseph Garcia who was killed at the same location the night before. The female became involved in a confrontation with a motorist in the parking lot. The motorist then hit her with her car – and after she flew some feet away he hit her again then drove off, according to the SAPD.
The suspect vehicle is tentatively described as a dark sedan.
The motive for this crime is unknown but preliminary investigation suggests the case is gang related. SAPD Homicide Detectives are investigating. Anyone with information is requested to contact the SAPD Homicide Unit at (714) 245-8390.