Authorities on Tuesday were looking for a hit-and-run driver who killed three young girls, two of them in wheelchairs, on a Southern California desert highway in San Bernardino County. A fourth was left with life-threatening injuries.The victims were struck them from behind, the California Highway Patrol said. Natalie Cole, 14, was hospitalized in critical condition. “Her leg was amputated in the accident, all her other limbs are shattered and her liver is bleeding, her kidneys are struggling,” her mother, Sherrie Orndorff, told. Willow Sanchez, 11, Daytona Bronas, 12, and Sandra Mizer, 13, all of Lucerne Valley, were struck shortly before 10:30 p.m. Saturday as they walked on Camp Rock Road. Willow’s big sister said the youngsters had been spending the night at her house and decided to go for a stroll. Officers search a white Chevrolet Silverado.
The driver and passenger in the truck stopped after the collision and used a flashlight to see who they had hit before running off. There were witnesses. The CHP recovered a pickup truck but no other details emerged. More than 1 hit and run accident occurs every minute in the U.S. according statistics. These resulted in 2,049 deaths in 2016 – the highest number on record and a 60 percent increase since 2009. Nearly 65 percent of people killed in hit-and-run crashes were pedestrians or bicyclists. New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida have the highest rate of fatal hit-and-run crashes.