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A Nurse Was Horrified To Realize A Dying Patient She Was Trying To Save Was Her Own Brother

When Jenifer Medina looked at the patient's driver's license to identify him, she saw her own brother's face staring back at her.

Posted on October 4, 2015, at 3:40 p.m. ET

An ER nurse lived through a nightmare this week when she realized a hit-and-run victim she was working to save was her own brother.

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Cesar Andreas "Andy" Medina died after he was struck while skateboarding through a crosswalk in San Juan Capistrano, California, on Friday, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

Medina had the right of way when he was hit, according to authorities.

The driver allegedly took off after the crash, prompting authorities to launch a manhunt.

The 23-year-old was rushed to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, where his sister Jenifer is a nurse.

Jenifer Medina told NBC LA she was working with her colleagues on a number of different patients when she heard a man had been admitted "in bad shape."

She wrote on a GoFundMe page that he was first registered as "John Doe."

When she was asked to identify the patient by his wallet, she was struck with horror. "When I saw the wallet it looked familiar, and when we [opened] it [we] saw my brother's face on the ID," she wrote.

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She told NBC LA that in that moment her world shattered.

"I just knew I wanted to say my last goodbyes to Andy after they cleaned him up," she said. "And tell him how much I love him."

Doctors were unable to save her brother, though, and he died in hospital.

On Saturday, sheriff's deputies arrested the alleged driver of the car, 19-year-old Andrew Michaels.

#OCSDPIO: Hit & Run SUSPECT - Andrew Michaels, 19, held on $100K bail for hit & run and vehicular manslaughter

Michaels is being held on $100,000 bail and is facing vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Jenifer Medina, but she wrote that her brother was destined for big things and she cannot believe he is gone.

"Andy had so many goals for his future and was taken from all of us too soon," she said.


The accident occurred in San Juan Capistrano. A previous version of this article misstated it occurred in Laguna Niguel.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.