The aunt of one of three young women who died over the weekend in a hit-and-run incident in Southern California told Fox News that the “scum” responsible for the collision “must surrender” because ” hiding is not showing anyone that they are sorry. ”
Christine Cordova’s remarks come as the California Highway Patrol (CHP) says it works “around the clock” to track down two suspects who fled the scene on foot after hitting and killing Sandra Mizer – her 13-year-old niece – Willow Sanchez, 11, and Daytona Bronas, 12, along a road in the Lucerne Valley on Saturday night. The collision also left 14-year-old Natalie Coe in critical condition and on Wednesday she is “still in hospital and fighting for her life,” according to CHP officer Ramon Duran.
“You see them die and you don’t do anything,” Cordova told Fox News over the phone when asked if she had a message for the suspects, who have not yet been identified. “We want them arrested, we want them behind bars, we want to hear what they have to say. We want a public apology to the world – to us, to the families.”
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The incident, which occurred at around 10:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, on Camp Rock Road, involved a white Chevrolet Silverado truck. His driver allegedly drifted onto the shoulder of the road and hit the young women from behind, the CHP said.
FOX11 reported that family members told the Victor Valley News Group that Bronas and Coe were both in wheelchairs and being pushed by the other two girls.
Duran told Fox News that the driver and another unidentified passenger then fled after the collision and abandoned the truck, which is currently being examined by investigators.
“We don’t know where they were walking or what they were doing at this time of night,” Duran said. “Absolutely heartbreaking and it’s just unbelievable that the suspects caused this and then get out of the vehicle and run away on foot.”
Duran described the road the women walked on as having “very little, if any, shoulders” and no sidewalks.
“Three lives were lost, and they were minors who had their whole life ahead of them. And one is still in the hospital and fighting for her life,” he added. “It is absolutely heartbreaking and our officers are working tirelessly to try to get to the bottom of this.”
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Coe’s mother Sherrie Orndorff told KNBC-TV that “her daughter’s leg was amputated in the crash, all of her other limbs are broken and her liver is bleeding, her kidneys are struggling.”
Orndoff, who was Willow’s big sister, also said the young women spent the night at her house and decided to go for a walk.
The driver and passenger of the truck pulled over after the collision and used a flashlight to see who they had hit before running away without calling 911, witnesses also told family members, according to KNBC- TV.
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In her interview with Fox News, Cordova described Mizer as an outgoing animal lover who aspired to join the Marines after graduating from high school.
“She was just a light. I have never met a child so happy – even when bad things happened to her, she was happy,” Cordova said. “She was always there to help her friends get through things.”
Edmund DeMarche of Fox News and Associated Press contributed to this report.