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Three college girls were killed and another seriously injured after a pickup truck hit them in a California car crash Saturday night, according to reports.
The two occupants of the 2002 Chevy Silverado got out of the vehicle and pushed it through the dark desert with flashlights after meeting the four girls, two of them in wheelchairs, at Camp Rock Road in the Lucerne Valley, according to reports. reported by the Daily.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office identified the three girls reported dead at the scene as Willow Sánchez, 11, Daytona Bronas, 12, and Sandra Mizer, 13.
The victims were identified by the coroner’s office as Willow Sanchez, 11, Daytona Bronas, 12, and Sandra Mizer, 13, all residents of Lucerne Valley. https://t.co/iuvzCFwNqm
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Police did not name the surviving victim, who was flown to a local hospital, but the press identified her as Natalia Coe, an eighth grade student, believed to be one of the two people in a wheelchair. .
The area has sandy desert terrain that is difficult for wheelchair users to navigate. A member of the school board said this was why the four girls were walking on the paved road when they were hit from behind, according to press reports.
“They just got out of summer vacation, so this is their first chance to sleep, go out, play, be kids again after a year in prison,” school counselor Jessica Risler told the publication.
There were no sidewalks in the remote area, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“I’m very sorry and there are few shoulders,” Dan Olivas of the Highway Patrol told the Times.
The testimony said a man and woman got out of the truck drunk and ran into the desert when they saw the girls on the street, the press said.