Halloween: 3 Teenagers Killed By Hit and Run Driver While Trick -Or-Treating
Twin sisters, Lexi Perez Huerta and Lexandra Perez Huerta and their family friend Andrea Gonzalez were fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver in Santa Ana Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
On Saturday, the Los Angeles police embarked on a search for the reckless motorist who killed the three 13-year-old girls on Halloween.
Andrea Gonzalez and her twin friends Lexi and Lexandra Perez were in a crosswalk while trick-or-treating near an elementary school when an SUV with two men inside hit them about 6:45 p.m., police and fire officials said.
Two of the girls were killed immediately and the third died as paramedics prepared to take her to a hospital, Orange County fire Capt. Steve Concialdi said.
The scene was "very sad," Concialdi said, "when millions of children, teenagers and adults are out trick-or-treating on a wonderful evening to insert tragedy like this."
According to police Chief Carlos Rojas, the SUV was later found abandoned near the scene.
Several witnesses and police surveillance led investigators on Sunday, to the Stanton motel where the alleged driver, Jaquinn Ramone Bell was arreated, police said Monday.
Bell who was found on Sunday with his two children and two other adults after a multi-agency investigation, was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run causing death.
The police have released the two adults they found with Bell, while Bell's children were taken into protective custody, Rojas said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities because of the increased number of young people out trick-or-treating and partygoers who could be impaired behind the wheel, WTSP reports.