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Injuries force hit-and-run driver to surface
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The driver who fled a crash with numerous injuries in Ceres Thursday evening surfaced Friday morning when it became apparent to his family that he needed medical care for head and facial injuries.

The crash occurred at 7:38 p.m. at the intersection of Service and Mitchell roads. Five persons riding in a black Nissan Sentra had suffered suffering injuries. The 34-year-old female driver and two adult male passengers sustained minor to moderate injuries while two brothers, aged 8 and 9, sustained serious injuries, including deep lacerations to midsection. The boys were airlifted to U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where they were treated and are listed in stable condition.

Witnesses said the driver of the other car, a black Honda Accord, fled the area on foot. They were able to identify him from identification in his wallet which was left inside the Honda. Police then searched for suspected driver Joe Patrick Sandoval, 42, of Ceres, including a visit to his home.

At around 6:30 a.m. Friday morning Sandoval’s family contacted the Ceres Police Department to report Sandoval returned home injured and was in need of medical attention. Officers and paramedics turned up and found Sandoval with lacerations to the head and face.

Sandoval was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He faces felony hit-and-run charges. An investigation will seek to answer if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Sandoval may face additional charges upon completion of the investigation, said Ceres Police Department spokesman Sgt. Greg Yotsuya.