Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A Santa Ana man was sentenced to nine years in prison for a hit-and-run collision that killed a 3-year-old girl and left her mother permanently disabled, a prosecutor said Friday.

Carlos Antonio Parra, 23, accepted a plea deal from Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald on Thursday, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker.

Parra, who was arrested in May 2012, has about 1,030 days credit for time served, she said.

His former live-in girlfriend, 27-year-old Rebeca Beltran, pleaded guilty in August 2013 to being an accessory after the fact and possession of a controlled substance.

She helped Parra hide the car involved in the Feb. 8, 2012, collision that killed Miranda Palacios and injured her mother, Lady Audree Rebecca Hernandez, and agreed to testify for the prosecution, Walker said.

Beltran faces up to three years and eight months in prison, with sentencing set for March 20.

Parra and Beltran had a child together, who was 2 years old at the time of their arrests.

Hernandez was pushing her daughter in a stroller across Gilbert Street in an unincorporated area near Anaheim about 6 p.m. when a car struck them at Guinida Lane.

The 1995 beige Nissan Maxima that struck the victims was registered to Beltran’s sister, according to investigators.

Parra called Beltran minutes after the collision, and she called police to report the car stolen, according to prosecutors. Authorities found the car a short distance away.

Police found a gram of methamphetamine in a closet when the defendants were arrested, prosecutors said.

Walker said Hernandez is permanently disabled from her injuries. She was treated for a broken pelvis and back, ankle and foot fractures and fluid build-up in her lungs, according to her mother.

City News Service

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