Funeral services are scheduled Saturday for three 13- year-old girls killed in a hit-and-run collision while trick-or-treating in Santa Ana on Halloween night.
A rosary for Andrea Gonzalez will be recited from 5-9 p.m. Friday at Holy Family Cathedral, with services scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church in Orange, according to family spokesman John Dunton.
A wake for twin sisters Lexandra and Lexi Perez, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Funeraria del Angel, also known as MacDougal Mortuary, with services scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady Guadalupe in Santa Ana.
The three teens were pronounced dead at the scene of last Friday’s crash.
The Santa Ana residents were in a crosswalk when they were struck in the 1400 block of East Fairhaven Avenue near Jacaranda Street about 6:45 p.m. by a westbound Honda CRV whose driver fled the scene.
Jaquinn Ramone Bell, 31, was arrested late Sunday morning at a Stanton motel and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending arraignment Dec. 16 on charges of grossly negligent vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run. Authorities say his two children were in the CRV with him at the time of the crash, and that he was driving on a suspended license.
Bell could face up to 17 years in prison if convicted of the charges, with sentence-enhancing allegations of personally inflicting great bodily injury and fleeing the scene of a crime, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke.
Bell additionally faces probation violation allegations, including a case dating back to August 2008 when he pleaded guilty to punching his wife and giving her a black eye and a hit-and-run/drunken driving conviction in August of this year.
— City News Service