Santa Ana was the scene of Halloween fun turned into Halloween tragedy when three girls, all age 13, out having a good time dressed in Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating, were ran into and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Friday, according to authorities. Two of the girls were twin sisters.
The three girls were ran into by the hit-and-run driver about 6:45 p.m. as they were attempting to cross a street in the 1400 block of East Fairhaven Street in Santa Ana, California, according to a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority, Captain Steve Concialdi.
Two of the teens died on the scene before the paramedics arrived, according to Concialdi. Despite the best efforts of the paramedics, the third girl died minutes after they got to where the girls had been struck down.
The vehicle that reportedly struck the three girls in Santa Ana was a sport utility vehicle or SUV. The three young teens were in a marked crosswalk when the SUV plowed into them, according to Chief Rojas. They were ran into in front of Fairhaven Elementary School.
Police have not yet released the names of the three teen girls who were struck and killed in Santa Ana on Halloween, on Friday. According to Chief Rojas, their families are understandably “distraught.”
There were several other children and parents on the street who were also out celebrating Halloween by trick-or-treating who were witnesses when the three girls were ran into by the SUV, Chief Rojas added.
The suspects abandoned their Honda SUV only about 800 yards away from the scene of the tragedy in Santa Ana in a Big Lots parking lot, according to Chief Rojas. A witness who followed the suspects in another vehicle showed the police where the suspects had abandoned it.
The police in Santa Ana are searching for the two male suspects who were reportedly in the Honda SUV, a driver and a passenger. There have not yet been any arrests made of the suspects who were in the vehicle that struck and killed the three teen girls.
Written By Douglas Cobb