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Southern California tragedy: Hit-and-run leaves three girls dead, one badly injured

Details of the recent deadly hit-and-run crash east of Los Angeles shook viewers, readers and reporters of Southern California print and broadcast news alike. Four young girls – two of them in wheelchairs – were struck from behind by a driver as they made their way along a Mojave Desert highway.

Three girls – ages 11, 12 and 13 – were killed when a white Chevrolet Silverado pick-up drifted onto the shoulder of Camp Rock Road and hit them.

A mother’s condemnation

The mother of the surviving girl, 14, addressed the driver of the truck.

“You got out of your vehicle, looked at those dead and dying girls on the ground, and you ran,” she said.

She said her daughter had a leg “amputated in the accident” and that “all her other limbs are shattered.” The girl has severe internal injuries as well and is hospitalized in critical condition.

Young lives destroyed

The girls had recently finished the school year at Lucerne Valley Middle School.

“They just got out for summer break, so this is their first opportunity to have sleep-overs, hang out, play, just be children again after a year in lockdown,” said a member of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees.

News of the tragic hit-and-run pedestrian accident was reported across the country and around the world.

Everyone hopes, first and foremost, for the fullest recovery possible for the surviving girl.

But people also want the hit-and-run driver found so that he or she can be held responsible and tell the families how the crash happened and explain the choice to drive off rather than stopping to help in any way possible.

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