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Man charged in Halloween hit-run deaths of 3 teen girls in Calif.

The Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Charges were filed Tuesday against a driver accused of fleeing in his SUV after fatally striking three Southern California teenage girls as they were trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Jaquinn Bell, 31, was charged with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, one felony count of hit-and-run with permanent injury or death, and one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said.

If convicted, Bell could get as much as 17 years in state prison.

The victims of the Halloween night crash in the city of Santa Ana were twin sisters Lexi and Lexandra Perez and a friend, Andrea Gonzalez, all 13 years old.

Police said the girls were crossing a street in a marked crosswalk when they were struck by a black Honda SUV.

Authorities believe Bell fled with his two teenage children and ditched the damaged car in a parking lot. He was arrested on Sunday at a motel in the city of Stanton.

Bell pleaded guilty in August to misdemeanor counts of child abuse, driving under the influence and hit-and-run with property damage, online court records show.


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