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Calif. Ambulance Strikes Pedestrian

A Huntington Beach ambulance transporting a patient to a Newport Beach hospital struck a pedestrian in Costa Mesa early Sunday.

The ambulance, heading to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian at about 4:05 a.m., was going south through the intersection of Newport Boulevard and 19th Street on a green light when it hit a man crossing the street outside a crosswalk, said Roxi Fyad, spokeswoman for the Costa Mesa Police Department.

The 24-year-old pedestrian had non-life-threatening, "minor to moderate" facial injuries and was taken to the hospital, Fyad said. The ambulance had been traveling as a Code 1––without lights and sirens. Crossing was prohibited where the man was, she said.
It was not immediately known how fast the ambulance was going.

No one has been cited, and the Costa Mesa Police Department is investigating.

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