Three O.C. trick-or-treaters struck, killed on Halloween

Posted Nov 1, 2014 by Nathan Salant
A massive manhunt is underway in Southern California to find the driver of an SUV that struck and killed three costumed teens out trick-or-treating Friday night in Santa Ana.
Italian street artist Vera Bugatti creates a Halloween mural at the world-renowned Sarasota Chalk Fe...
Italian street artist Vera Bugatti creates a Halloween mural at the world-renowned Sarasota Chalk Festival in Florida in 2010. The 2014 version of the annual festival, scheduled for Nov. 10-17, has been moved to Venice, Fla.
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The three girls, who ranged in age from 13 to 15, were struck by the speeding SUV in a crosswalk in the 1400 block of Fairhaven Avenue, near an elementary school at around 6:45 p.m., according to the Associated Press.
Two of the girls were killed immediately and the third died while being taken to the hospital.
Their names were withheld pending family notifications, the AP said.
Two of the girls were believed to be twins, the AP said.
The vehicle that struck the victims was found abandoned in a parking lot 800 yards west of the accident, Santa Ana police said, after two men fled the SUV.
The two suspects are being sought on a variety of charges, authorities said.
Orange County fire Capt. Steve Concialdi reported a "very sad" scene on Fairhaven as dozens of kids and their families gathered after the accident.
"When millions of children, teenagers and adults are out trick-or-treating on a wonderful evening, to insert tragedy like this," Concialdi said.
Police spokesman Anthony Bertagna said the SUV was traveling at a "high rate of speed" when the crash occurred.
Orange County fire officials sent chaplains and volunteers to counsel witnesses and other at the accident scene, Concialdi said.
Jeff Evans said he was trick-or-treating with his 8-year-old daughter when he heard tires squeal and saw the collision from about a half-block away, the AP said.
"When we got over here, there was already a tarp over two girls," Evans said.
Santa Ana is a city of 350,000 located near Anaheim, about 30 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.