Family keeps vigil for 3 girls who died in hit-and-run; CHP identifies suspect – CBS Los Angeles

LUZERNE VALLEY (CBSLA) – Relatives held a vigil outside the Victorville office of the California Highway Patrol to demand justice for four young girls, two of whom were in wheelchairs. struck on June 5 as they walked on the side of Camp Rock Road, north of Rabbit Springs Road.

Three of the girls were pronounced dead at the scene by San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel. They were identified as 11-year-old Willow Sanchez, 12-year-old Daytona Bronas and 13-year-old Sandra Mizer.

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Left to right, Willow Sanchez, 11; Sandra Mizer, 13; Daytona Bronas, 12. (Source: Lucerne Valley Unified School District)

the fourth girl, identified as 14-year-old Natalie Coe, survived but was flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center after being seriously injured and left on the side of the road.

CHP is now looking for 18-year-old Santos Alejandro Jimenez-Cruz, who authorities say was behind the wheel of the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado when the four girls were run over.

“Now the world will know who he is. We hope he turns himself in, makes it a little easier. Answer our questions…. creates closure,” said Christine Cordova, Mizer’s aunt.

Jimenez-Cruz, along with a passenger, immediately fled on foot, according to a CHP press release.

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Coe’s family tells CBS 2 reporter Rick Montanez that she can no longer use her arms and her right leg has been amputated.

“I can forgive an accident, but I can’t forgive that I purposely run away from a dying child,” said Robin Florence, Coe’s aunt.

Florence also said her niece is still recovering in the hospital and struggling with the survivor’s guilt after losing three close friends.

Jimenez-Cruz is known to live in both California and Mexico. Investigators tell Montanez they have no confirmed location on the suspect’s whereabouts and say he drove his father’s truck.

Authorities have received a warrant for Jimenez-Cruz’s arrest on three counts of vehicular manslaughter.

Investigators have interviewed Jimenez-Cruz’s family, but have still not been able to determine his location.

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Florence has a GoFundMe to help her niece’s recovery.


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