Police Files

Hit-and-run suspect arrested following head-on injury collision on Laguna Canyon Road

According to the Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD), on Wednesday, June 26 at 8:32 p.m., a Laguna Beach Police Officer was patrolling eastbound on Laguna Canyon Road at Canyon Acres when he observed a black Mercedes and a white BMW driving westbound at a high rate of speed. The officer activated his overhead emergency lights, made a U-turn and attempted to catch up to the vehicles. One of the speeding vehicles struck another uninvolved vehicle, causing it to cross over the center median, colliding head-on with other traffic. The suspect vehicles both fled the scene. Both eastbound lanes of traffic were blocked for more than an hour.

Laguna Beach Police personnel secured the scene and conducted a traffic collision investigation while Laguna Beach Fire personnel rendered aid to the injured passengers. Four patients were transported to a trauma hospital, while three others were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.

The LBPD Major Crimes and Intelligence Team identified the Mercedes within hours of the collision using their citywide camera system. The Mercedes was registered to an individual in Fullerton.

LBPD personnel requested assistance from the Fullerton Police Department to check the residence for the vehicle. Fullerton Police Officers located the damaged vehicle at the registered owner’s address. The driver and registered owner, Rajvir Mann, was arrested on suspicion of various charges, including felony hit-and-run.

The investigation to identify the driver of the white BMW is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the collision is urged to contact Detective Tanner Flagstad at 949.497.0701.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.


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