Sickening story and a result of California’s refusal to enforce the law.
Family members held a vigil outside of the California Highway Patrol’s Victorville office to demand justice for four young girls, two of whom were in wheelchairs, that were struck on June 5 when they were walking on the side of Camp Rock Road, north of Rabbit Springs Road.
Three of the girls were pronounced deceased on 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.
The fourth girl, identified as 14-year-old Natalie Coe, survived but was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center after she was critically injured and left on the side of the road.
Coe’s family tell CBS 2 Reporter Rick Montanez that she has lost use of her arms and had her right leg amputated.
“I can forgive an accident, but I can’t forgive purposely running away from a dying child,” Robin Florence, Coe’s aunt said.
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 ran over.
The question is where is Jimenez-Cruz now?
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 was driving his father’s truck.
The search is increasingly focusing on Mexico.
“Our Mexico liaisons have the warrant information and will work with Mexico officials in regards to apprehension if he is still in the county,” said Officer Michael Mumford, a CHP spokesman.