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American Canyon hit-and-run 7/25

Police are asking people who recognize this car, with front end and windshield damage, to contact them.

A tipster helped catch the driver suspected of seriously injuring a 55-year-old American Canyon man and leaving the scene of the collision Thursday morning, police say.

The injured man was treated on scene and taken to Queen of the Valley, according to a statement from the American Canyon Police Department.

The collision occurred around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, after a driver heading south on Highway 29 possibly ran a red light at Rio Del Mar, police say. Police believed the white sedan may have been an Acura and the driver may have been a young woman. Witnesses reported seeing two young men in the front and rear passenger seats.

The car’s front windshield was seriously damaged, police say. Some witnesses tried to follow the driver as they fled south, turned on Poco Way and continued onto surface streets.

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The police department received a tip around 4 p.m. that the involved car was parked in the 400 block of Canyon Creek Drive in American Canyon. Officers towed the car to be processed for evidence.

Around the same time, officers learned a young woman had walked into the Napa Police Department station to turn herself in for the hit-and-run, police say.

An American Canyon officer and Napa County Sheriff's Department Detective headed to the station, where they interviewed and arrested American Canyon resident Martha Ruth Morales Barrera, 19, on suspicion of a felony charge related to hit-and-run causing injuries, police say.

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Public Safety Reporter

Courtney Teague is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She can be reached at 707-256-2221. You can follow her reporting on Twitter and Facebook, or send her anonymous tip at: tinyurl.com/anonymous-tipbox-courtney.