Multiple arrests were made Sunday in connection with a Halloween hit-and-run crash that killed three 13-year-old girls out trick-or- treating in Santa Ana.
The girls — identified by the Orange County coroner’s office as Andrea Gonzalez and twin sisters Lexandra Perez and Lexi Perez, all from Santa Ana — were in costume and in a crosswalk in the 1400 block of East Fairhaven Avenue, near the intersection with Jacaranda Street, about 6:45 p.m. Friday. They were struck by a westbound SUV whose driver left the scene, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
All three were pronounced dead at the scene.
It was believed there were two male suspects inside the vehicle, a Honda CRV that was found in a nearby parking lot with extensive damage to the front end, police said.
No further details about the arrests were immediately released before a news conference scheduled for late Monday morning at Santa Ana police headquarters, police said in a statement announcing the arrests.
“As of today at 11:30 a.m., there have been multiple arrests made,” according to Sunday’s statement.
The Honda was found in a parking lot behind a Big Lots store at Fairhaven and Grand Avenue, where a makeshift memorial to the victims has been growing since the crash.
Among those visiting the scene Saturday was Magaly Huerta, the twins’ aunt, who said she was stunned that the suspects would leave the scene after hitting the girls.
“I know God will punish them sooner or later,” she said.
— Wire and staff reports