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Multiple Arrests Made in Santa Ana Hit-And-Run

Santa Ana residents were in mourning Monday after three 13-year-old girls were killed in a hit-and-run over the weekend. ATVN's Drennon Kimpton has the story.

Santa Ana residents were in mourning Monday following the loss of three 13-year-old girls after they were killed in a hit-and-run collision over the weekend. 

According to the Santa Ana Police Department, a 31-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning at a Motel 6 in Stanton, California for the crime.

Police say the man, who was identified as Joaquin Bell, was driving a Honda SUV with two of his children in the car when the collision occured. Police say the vehicle was found in a nearby parking lot 800 yards northwest of the crime scene with severe damage to the front end. Bell is said to be held at a $500,000 bail.

According to authorities, the three teenage girls, identified as Andrea Gonzales and twin sisters Lexandra Perez and Lexi Perez, were walking in a crosswalk on East Fairhaven Avenue in Santa Ana when Bell hit them and took off, heading westbound. All three girls were pronounced dead at the scene. A makeshift memorial with flowers, cards, candles and letters was set up over the weekend. 

The crash was just one of two Halloween tragedies in Orange County. A 65-year-old man was also killed in a car accident. His four-year-old son was critically wounded and rushed to the hospital.


i have had my drivers license for 41 years . I have never seen such reckless drivers than now . Oh yea Overseas where life is not respected as much , we are almost there !

it is just awful that Mr. Bell would conduct himself in this manner with his own children in the car. hopefully, a family member or Children Services is providing adequate care for his kids

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