3 trick-or-treaters killed by speeding car in California
Three 13 year old girls were killed this past Halloween Friday by a speeding hit and run vehicle. Among the dead children is a set of twin sisters. The tragic event took place Halloween night in the residential area of Santa Ana, located in Orange County California.
The children were lawfully in a crosswalk and had the right of way when they were struck down. According to police the girls were struck close to 6:45 p.m. and were near an elementary school.
Fire rescue services declared all of the girls dead on location. The names of the children have not been released because of their age and pending notification of their family. There is no indication that the children did anything wrong. They were in full halloween costumes and were within the marked crosswalk.
Witnesses report that the vehicle was occupied by two male individuals. The vehicle is identified as a Honda CRV and was found abandoned. the driver and passenger had fled on foot. The Santa Ana police are still investigating and have not named any suspects. Witness estimate that the vehicle was traveling at least 50 miles per hour which is double the allowed speed limit in the residential zone of 25 miles per hour where the children were killed. The force of the impact propelled the girls more than 100 feet into the air. It is believed that the girls were killed on impact but police note that all aspects of the incident are still under investigation. Police have been able to speak with a number of witnesses including one who followed the fleeing driver several blocks after they struck the girls. It is not known what information any of the witnesses were able to provide the police.