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Three California middle school girls are dead and one is in critical condition after a hit-and-run driver crashed into them and then fled the scene.
Willow Sanchez, 11, Daytona Bronas, 12, Sandra Mizer, 13, and Natalie Coe, 14, were walking along a roadway on Saturday when they were struck from behind by a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, KNBC reports. The girls had been planning to have a slumber party that evening.
A California Highway Patrol press release, obtained by Oxygen.com, specified that two of the four girls were in wheelchairs. Coe and Sanchez reportedly used wheelchairs.
“Immediately after the collision, the driver and passenger exited the Chevrolet Silverado and fled the scene on foot,” the press release states. Witnesses told family members that the driver and passenger shined a flashlight on the girls following the collision, NBC Los Angeles reports.
Sanchez, Bronas and Mizer were pronounced dead at the scene. Meanwhile, Coe was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Her mother Sherrie LeeAnn Fry posted on Facebook on Wednesday that she is “not doing well,” stating that “her kidneys are shutting down and will most likely need dialysis, she suffered a major concussion and bleeding has developed in her brain.”
Coe has undergone surgery and may have a brain injury.
Fry told Oxygen.com on Thursday that “she is in poor condition; she was already wheelchair bound from birth with a condition called arthrogryposis.” That’s a condition typically characterized by a lack of muscular development and growth.
On Friday, she told Oxygen.com, that her daughter was getting a line put in her neck for dialysis.
“She is a light in this dark world,” she said. “She is everything to me, my identity. I don't know who I am without her.”
The four girls were all classmates from Lucerne Valley Middle School.
Mizer’s grandmother Tammy Braden told Oxygen.com that the child “always put her friends and other people’s needs before her own.”
“She never had an enemy,” she said, adding that Mizer wanted to join the Marines after she graduated from the Cadet Corp with honors. “She was a beautiful amazing little girl I love and miss her so very much.”
Christine Cordova, Mizer’s aunt, echoed that sentiment, characterizing her niece as selfless.
“You were the sweetest teenage girl anyone could know,” she said, speaking directly to her slain loved one.
Cordova told Oxygen.com that she will not give up until she gets justice.
“This is my life’s mission,” she said.
As for the driver and passenger?
“You're a coward,” she told NBC Los Angeles. “You killed three kids, you took their lives”
No suspect has been arrested yet, the highway patrol said in their release, noting that it’s not clear if alcohol or drugs are a factor in the hit-and-run.
The California Highway Patrol asks that anyone with information contact Officer L. McAllister, at the Victorville CHP Area office at (760) 241-1186.
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