**This post has been supplemented with additional developments…read through before bashing my earlier presumptions :) ***
A hit-and-run driver struck and killed three teenage girls who were trick-or-treating in Santa Ana Friday night, according to authorities.
The children were struck at the corner of Fairhaven Avenue and Jacaranda Street (map) around 6:45 p.m., Orange County Fire Authority said.
All three were found dead upon arrival, Santa Ana Police Department Capt. Anthony Bertagna said.
The girls were 13 and 16 years old, OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi said.
It was unclear if the girls were related or friends, he said.
Santa Ana is one of the less “orangey” cities in Orange County.
This mecca-county of exclusive Republican Whiteness in SoCal is not everything you might think, especially if you place much value in horseshit reality television dealing with certain despicable housewives and their vile husbandry.
By the same token, Santa Ana is populated largely by a lot of my people, many of them acting badly.
In fact, if they catch this guy, which they probably will, I would put $20 on it that he’s Hispanic, and another $10 that he was drinking, and maybe $5 that he was illegal.
Such is life behind the Burnt Orange curtain!
The parents have not even been notified. Sad
Authorities believe they have located the suspect vehicle, a Nissan Pathfinder, which was found behind a Big Lots store near the crime scene, police said.
Police are looking for two men who they said were in the car at the time of the incident.
Even the NYT has chimed in with more of a characteristic journalistic flourish!
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 a Nissan Pathfinder 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.
More from the Los Angeles Times. Photographs. The indescribable torment of parenthood comes to life for an unfortunate, tragic few.
Ah, from CBS LA:
“We are still looking for the individuals that were inside the vehicle and, at this moment in time, we believe that they were two male Blacks,” he added.
Whoops…apologies to all my carnales!
The twins, Lexi and Lexandra Perez, shown here:
And the third victim, friend Andrea Gonzalez.
The suspect is estimated to have been travelling twice the posted 35 mph speed limit. On Halloween night. On a residential street with crosswalks. This represents flagrant disregard for human life. I hope the neighborhood parents catch up with the driver before the police do.
A very preliminary report of arrests today of suspects in the hit and run killing of the two girls.
Multiple people were arrested in connection to the crime around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Bertagna told the Los Angeles Times.
No further details were made available. A news conference was scheduled for Monday around 11 a.m.
I’ve strongly suspected that these scumbags didn’t want their party weekend disrupted. Between Friday’s incident (which happened early in the evening) and Saturday night, I suspect they lived it up with nary a remorseful bone stirring in their body.
If so, and it is proven, they shouldn’t be allowed to walk until they will need canes to do so. But it is California, so who knows…
Police arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicious of this hit and run today. His name is Jaquinn Ramone Bell. He is only a suspect and must be presumed innocent. But what a fuck up he is.
Court records indicated a man with his name had a recent conviction for a driving under the influence and child abuse, among other crimes. Bell’s driver’s license had been suspended Aug. 4, the day of his conviction, according to the DMV.
Bell was taken into custody about 11:30 a.m. Sunday along with his mother, half-sister and two minors, who were placed in protective custody.
Rojas declined to discuss Bell’s criminal record, but Orange County court records show that a Jaquinn Ramone Bell pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to child abuse and endangerment, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and hit-and-run with property damage.
In that case, Bell was sentenced to three years of probation and 10 days in jail for the child abuse count, as well as eight days in jail for the DUI count. He also got three months in first-offender alcohol program for the DUI and was ordered into a child abuser’s treatment program, court records show.