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OMG, Did You Her (correction, Hear) About This?

Posted by on Nov. 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM
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Police said Monday they arrested a 31-year-old California man on suspicion of felony hit-and-run in the death of three teenage girls struck while trick or treating near Los Angeles on Halloween.

Jaquinn Bell was arrested Sunday at an Orange County motel in connection with the deaths Friday night in Santa Ana, Calif., Police Chief Carlos Rojas said.

The three girls, all 13, were struck as they crossed a Santa Ana street in a marked crosswalk. Rojas said the vehicle did not stop after striking the pedestrians.

"He did not attempt to stop or render aid to the children he had hit,'' Rojas said.

Killed were twin sisters Lexi and Lexandra Perez and a friend, Andrea Gonzalez, authorities said. All were in the 8th grade in public schools.

Rojas said the county district attorney's office was reviewing the case.

Authorities said Bell was arrested at a motel in nearby Stanton where he was staying with his two children and other family members.

Police initially said they were looking for a driver and another person who fled the scene. They said the suspected vehicle, a damaged black Honda SUV, was found abandoned in a nearby parking lot.

Rojas said Bell had his two teenage children in the vehicle with him at the time. He credited information from witnesses with helping police track Bell.

Two of the girls were declared dead immediately, and the other died as paramedics prepared to take her to a hospital, Orange County fire Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

The Orange County Register reported that a man with the same name and date of birth as Bell pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to hit-and-run with property damage, driving under the influence and two counts of child endangerment. He was sentenced to three years probation, seven days in jail and a first-offender alcohol program.

The Register reported that the Honda was not registered to Bell.

Family, friends and other community members held a vigil Sunday night at the accident site.

It was a deadly Halloween in the Orange County suburbs of Los Angeles. Police said a 65-year-old man died after he and his 4-year-old son were struck in an Irvine crosswalk while trick-or-treating. The child was in critical condition. No arrests were made in that case.

Contributing: Associated Press

 

 

3 girls trick-or-treating killed in hit-and-run

 The Associated Press LOS ANGELES —

Three teenage girls trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes were killed by a hit-and-run driver at a Southern California

intersection Friday night, authorities said.The girls were in a crosswalk near an elementary school in Santa Ana when

the SUV with two men inside hit them about 6:45 p.m., police and fire officials said.The girls, whose names were not

immediately clear, ranged in ages from 13 to 15, Orange County fire Capt. Steve Concialdi said. Two of them were

declared dead immediately, and a third died as paramedics prepared to take her to a hospital, Concialdi said.The scene

was "very sad," he said, "when millions of children, teenagers and adults are out trick-or-treating on a wonderful

evening to insert tragedy like this."Police were seeking two men from an SUV that hit the girls, police Chief Carlos

Rojas said at a media briefing.The SUV was found abandoned near the scene, but the suspects had not yet been found,

Rojas said.Police were working to determine the girls' names and to find their parents, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.Jeff

Evans was trick-or-treating with his 8-year-old daughter about a half-block away when he heard squealing tires, looked

over and saw the collision."When we got over here, there was already a tarp over two girls," Evans told the Orange

County Register.Soon after the accident some 60 people had gathered at the scene, where the fire department had

chaplains and volunteers to counsel those upset by the incident.Santa Ana is located near Anaheim and about 30 miles

southeast of downtown Los Angeles.Authorities in Washington state said two 7-year-old girls and a 20-year-old woman

sustained life-threatening injuries when they were hit by a car while trick-or-treating in Vancouver.The Columbian

reports (http://is.gd/uLEpbL ) that police said a car jumped a curb and hit the trio.A 33-year-old woman with them and

the car's 47-year-old driver, who remained at the scene, had less serious injuries.

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Nov. 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

hear *

Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Nov. 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

 Lol, whoops.

Quoting Anonymous 1:

hear *

 

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by Betsy on Nov. 4, 2014 at 2:11 PM

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chalisa0
by Ruby Member on Nov. 4, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Yes, it's horrible.  I think I heard on the news that they did eventually arrest the driver though.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Nov. 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM
1 mom liked this
How sad :( I hope those "men" rot in hell
Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Nov. 4, 2014 at 2:21 PM

 Good.

Quoting chalisa0:

Yes, it's horrible.  I think I heard on the news that they did eventually arrest the driver though.

 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Nov. 4, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Wow-my 12 year old wanted to know if he could go trick or treat in a different town with his friends this past Halloween. Of course we said no way. I can only imagine the grief those families are going through.

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