Police in California have reported that a 31-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection with a hit-and-run accident that claimed the lives of three teenage girls who were out trick-or-treating on Halloween. The man is facing a raft of charges including three counts of vehicular manslaughter. His bail was originally set at $500,000, but it was increased to $1 million on Nov. 3. The man faces up to 17 years in prison if convicted. The fatal motor vehicle accident took place on Fairhaven Avenue near Old Grand Street in Santa Ana.
According to a Santa Ana police report, the three girls were struck and killed as they crossed Fairhaven Avenue in a marked crosswalk near Fairhaven Elementary School. Witnesses described the black SUV to responding police officers, and the damaged vehicle was discovered abandoned in a nearby parking lot. A subsequent investigation led police to an area motel where the man was taken into custody.
Records indicate that the man previously had entered guilty pleas in August to charges of driving under the influence, child abuse and hit-and-run. The man also has prior convictions for violating a protective order and reckless driving. Police say that he was driving without a valid driver's license at the time of the Halloween accident.
Families who lost a loved one in a crash may pursue civil remedies, and a personal injury attorney could provide assistance in filing a wrongful death lawsuit. This kind of legal action may seek damages for a family's expenses such as medical bills and funeral costs.
Source: CBS Los Angeles, "Man Charged With Manslaughter In Santa Ana Halloween Hit-And-Run", Nov. 4, 2014
Source: ABC News, "1 Arrested in Halloween Hit-and-Run Deaths", My Taxin and Gillian Flaccus, November 03, 2014
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