VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Authorities are looking for a suspected hit-and-run driver who killed three kids and critically injured a fourth as they walked alongside a Southern California desert freeway.
The 4 younger girls — two of them in wheelchairs, together with the lone survivor of the collision — had been struck shortly earlier than 10:30 p.m. Saturday as they walked on Camp Rock Road and had been struck by a white Chevrolet Silverado that drifted onto the shoulder of the street and struck them from behind, the California Highway Patrol mentioned.
The crash occurred on a stretch of street in the Mojave Desert group in San Bernardino County.
Three of the girls — Willow Sanchez, 11; Daytona Bronas, 12; and Sandra Mizer, 13 — died on the scene. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Coroner’s Division launched their names Monday morning.
“My baby’s gone. I can’t have her no more,” Sandra’s grandmother, Tammy Midkiff, informed KNBC-TV.
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Mercy Air took the one surviving woman to an intensive care unit at Loma Linda University Medical Center, in accordance with a spokesperson for CHP’s Inland Division. Reports from the group since have instructed she misplaced a leg; nonetheless, that info isn’t but confirmed.
Natalie Cole, 14, was hospitalized in crucial situation.
“Her leg was amputated in the accident, all her other limbs are shattered and her liver is bleeding, her kidneys are struggling,” her mom, Sherrie Orndorff, informed the station.
“You got our of your vehicle, looked at those dead and dying girls on the ground, and you ran,” Orndoff mentioned of the individuals in the truck.
Lucerne Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees Vice President Jessica Risler mentioned transferring by way of the thick sand of the High Desert is almost inconceivable for the 2 kids in wheelchairs. The 4 kids had not too long ago completed their college yr at Lucerne Valley Middle School.
“They just got out for summer break, so this is their first opportunity to have sleep-overs, hang out, play, just be children again after a year in lock-down,” Risler mentioned.
A spokesperson for CHP mentioned it’s unclear if medication or alcohol factored in the hit and run.
“Officer L. McAllister … is investigating this traffic collision to its conclusion,” the spokesperson mentioned.
A San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokesperson mentioned the division isn’t concerned in the investigation or the seek for the perpetrators.
The driver and passenger in the truck stopped after the collision and used a flashlight to see who that they had hit earlier than operating off with out calling 911, leaving the truck, witnesses informed members of the family, in accordance with KNBC-TV.
On Monday,Superintendent of Lucerne Valley Unified School District Peter Livingston informed the Victorville Daily Press, a part of the USA TODAY Network, that it was nonetheless onerous to place into phrases what the 4 kids have meant to the group.
“They touched so many lives,” Livingston mentioned. “Our motto is, ‘We’re more than a school district, we’re a family.’ I think when you go through a tragedy like this, everyone is there for each other, and that’s definitely what’s happening right now.”
In an Instagram publish on Monday, Livingston mentioned the district has carried out its Emergency Response Plan to offer help to college students and their households.
“This tragic situation has deeply affected us,” Livingston wrote in the publish. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers (go) out to the victims’ families, friends and to the entire community. Thank you for your support of our school system as we work together to cope with this tragic loss of these young ladies.”
The CHP urged anybody with info on the incident to contact the Victorville CHP workplace.
Contributing: The Associated Press.
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This article initially appeared on Victorville Daily Press: Southern California hit-and-run leaves 3 girls dead, 1 badly injured