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Woman accused of felony hit-and-run in rush-hour crash

Sacramento Police Sergeant Faria takes a photo of a car involved in a hit and run incident in North Sacramento on Aug. 11, 2016.
Sacramento Police Sergeant Faria takes a photo of a car involved in a hit and run incident in North Sacramento on Aug. 11, 2016. ehiller@sacbee.com

A 19-year-old woman who fled the scene of an apparent road rage incident Thursday has been accused of assault with a deadly weapon after she contacted police hours later to give her side of the story, a Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman said Saturday.

The incident took place along North 16th Street near Richards Boulevard just before 4 p.m., when outbound traffic is usually heavy as downtown workers head toward Highway 160.

Police said the suspect, Diana Mendiola, drove off after a Red Honda Fit was left mangled on the side of the road next to a tree. Four occupants of that car were taken to a hospital. Police spokeswoman Traci Trapani said Saturday that none of the injuries are life-threatening.

The crash snarled traffic along one of the major northbound routes for afternoon commuters. Police took to Twitter to advise motorists to find an alternate route and used a helicopter to search for the hit-and-run suspect’s vehicle.

“Hours later, the suspect called the Police Department to give her side of the story,” said Trapani, adding she could not make public details of the woman’s claims, as they are now part of the investigation.

After arranging to meet Mendiola and interviewing her about the incident, police took her into custody. She was released from jail Friday.

Blair Anthony Robertson: 916-321-1099, @Blarob

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