SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say three teenage girls have died after being struck in a suspected hit-and-run crash in Orange County.
Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when the victims, who were in the crosswalk, were struck.
The accident in the 1400 block of East Fairhaven Avenue was reported Friday night about 6:45 p.m.
Bertagna said the girls were dressed in costumes and were trick-or-treating at the time.
The victims were 13 years old. Two of the victims were described as twins. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.
After the collision, a witness followed the suspect vehicle and eventually led authorities to where it was currently parked, said Santa Ana police Chief Carlos Rojas.
The vehicle was described by authorities as a Honda CRV and was located in a shopping plaza north of the crash site.
“We believe that we have damage that’s consistent with a vehicle collision and we do believe that that’s the vehicle at this time,” Rojas said.
“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.
Bertagna said there were several witnesses in the area at the time. He said authorities are attempting to locate the parents of the children.
Anyone with more information about this case was asked to contact police at (714) 245-8665.