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By Lookout Staff

February 14, 2022 -- Santa Monica police on Monday arrested a Los Angeles man suspected of critically injuring a 16-year-old bicyclist in a hit-and-run collision early Sunday morning.

The collision took place around 2 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Chelsea Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard near Saint John's Medical Center, according to police.

"When officers arrived on scene, they found the bicyclist, a 16-year-old female, down with severe injuries," said Lt. Rudy Flores, the Police Department spokesman.

"Santa Monica Fire Department personnel arrived shortly, rendered first aid then transported the victim to a local hospital," Flores said.

She was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon, he said.

On Monday, SMPD investigators and detectives from the Major Accident Response Team (MART) arrested Maximiliano Ramos Santiago, a 29-year-old male, at his residence.

Santiago was booked in Santa Monica jail for felony hit-and-run and driving without a license, Flores said.

Sunday's incident comes some three months after two hit-and-run collisions last year involving pedestrians, one of them fatal.

The first took place at Third Street and Wilshire Boulevard on October 31 resulting in a serious injury.

Two weeks later, on November 13, a driver struck and killed a man crossing Pico Boulevard and fled the scene, marking the fourth pedestrian fatality last year.

Anyone with additional information pertaining to Sunday's incident should call Investigator Evan Raleigh at 310-458-8954 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.

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