Police say 13-year-old twin sisters Lexia and Lexandra Perez were out trick-or-treating with their friend Andrea Gonzalez, 13, on October 31st when they were struck at a a crosswalk around Old Grand Street and Fairhaven Avenue by a sports utility vehicle. After striking the girls, the driver and passenger of the SUV allegedly jumped out of the vehicle and proceeded to run on foot. Police found evidence of the hit-and-run on the abandoned vehicle. All three girls were pronounced dead at the scene.
The twin sisters’ aunt Arlette Huerta told police that Lexia and Lexandra had just left to go trick-or-treating. When she was told of the recent arrests, Huerta responded by saying “If there have been arrests, we are happy.”
Police issued a statement to the press on Sunday, confirming the arrests of five individuals in connection with the incident. We still don’t know if the driver was arrested, nor do we know the names of the individuals arrested. However, a news conference is expected later today in which a spokesperson for the Santa Ana police will release additional information about the incident and subsequent arrests.
According to local news reports, a witness followed the SUV after the hit-and-run incident occurred, trailing it to a strip mall in which the vehicle was abandoned.
“Witnesses say the vehicle was traveling at a high-rate of speed. I didn’t see any skid marks, so it doesn’t appear they slowed down whatsoever,” said Santa Ana Police Department Captain Anthony Bertagna said. “They left these three young women laying in the street, and left without calling, without stopping, without rendering aid. It’s hard to even fathom doing that.”
On Sunday evening, just two days after the deadly incident, nearly 100 people gathered for a memorial outside the parking lot where the three girls were struck. Family, friends and even strangers brought candles and flowers to show their respect.
This wasn’t the only deadly hit-and-run incident Santa Ana police faced on Halloween night. Just 15 minutes away in Irvine, California, a father who was out trick-or-treating with his 4-year-old son was struck and killed. The father, 65-year-old John Alcorn, was pronounced dead at the scene, while his son was rushed to a nearby hospital where he remains in critical care.