Santa Ana Police arrested a man suspected of a hit-and-run that killed three female teenagers late Friday evening. The three girls were walking around the 1400 block of East Fairhaven Avenue when a vehicle failed to yield and stuck them. Nearby witnesses saw the accident occur and identified the vehicle as a 2001 Honda Cr V, which was abandoned a few miles away from the scene of the accident.
With the help from other witnesses, Santa Ana Police were able to find the suspect hiding in a Stanton Motel 6. Investigators were able to gather finger-prints and DNA evidence from his abandoned vehicle as well. The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Jaquinn Bells of Santa Ana. Bell also had two of his own children, a 14-year-old and 17-year-old, in the vehicle when the accident occurred. They were put into protective custody upon Bells arrest.
Bell is now being charged with felony hit-and-run and felony causing death. According to Bells records, his licence was also suspended for a DUI conviction earlier that month.
Police were able to identify the girls as 14-year-old twins Lexi and Lexandra and 17-year-old friend Andrea Gonzalez. Their families have setup a fundraiser and are asking for donations to help pay for a proper funeral for the three girls.
This is an example of how devastating car accident can be to individuals and families, causing emotional and financial turmoil to everyone involved. It’s important to contact authorities right away if you find yourself in an car accident in Santa Ana. Always remember to call a car accident attorney if you or a loved one have been involved or injured in an accident right away.