San Diego, CA- Police have made multiples arrests in connection with a Halloween accident that left three 13 year-old girls dead as they trick-or-treated in Santa Ana, but they declined to release any additional information.
Santa Ana police told the Associated Press that they made multiple arrests, but would not say how many people have been arrested or what charges they are facing. KTLA however reported five arrests have been made.
The accident took place Friday at approximately 6:45 p.m. as two 13 year-old sisters and their 13 year-old friend were in a crosswalk when they were struck by a vehicle moving at a high rate of speed, ABC 7 reported. The three girls were trick-or-treating so they were wearing dark clothing.
The twin sisters identified as Lexi Perez Huerta and Lexandra Perez Huerta were pronounced dead on the scene. Their friend Andrea Gonzalez survived the initial impact, but later died in the hospital.
Police said they didn’t find any skid marks which would indicate the driver tried to slow before striking the girls. They found the abandoned SUV involved in the crash a few blocks from the accident scene, which they told the Los Angeles Times had damage to the front end and evidence inside making it clear this was the vehicle involved.
One witness told the Times she saw young man exit the vehicle after the crash and began yelling at a companion in the car. Another witness said a number of kids out trick-or-treating saw the accident.
The police are still conducting their investigation so the cause of the accident is unclear, but in general, when a person runs from the scene of an accident, they are trying to hide something. The at-fault driver may have been speeding, distracted, intoxicated, unlicensed or uninsured so they flee thinking they’ll get away with it.
Hit-and-run accidents have become such a problem that lawmakers in California have introduced laws calling for enhanced penalties for hit-and-run drivers. Another law would establish an alert system that would describe a suspected vehicle to motorists so they can help police locate the driver.
In many instances police are able to locate the offending driver and the victims are able to hold that driver accountable. Even when the at-fault driver can be located, it can still be challenging for the victim to get the settlement they deserve. Accident victims can rely on one of our California accident attorney to assure they are treated fairly and awarded just compensation.
When a hit-and-run driver cannot be located, the victim still has options to recover the money they need to cover their medical bills and other expenses. This means they will have to look to their insurance company for compensation. In any personal injury or wrongful death suit as a result of a traffic accident, the victim is going to have to deal with an insurance company. This can be challenging to say the least, but a San Diego accident attorney can simplify the process for the victim.

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