A young girl died and her mother and sister were injured in a hit-and-run collision in Santa Ana, California, police said Saturday.
The suspected driver was arrested a few blocks away when a witness driving behind blocked the car in, pinning the suspect until police could arrive, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. He called the witness' response a "heroic action."
The driver, Jessica Louise Cowan of Frazier Park, was being held at Santa Ana jail on suspicion of felony hit and run, as well as driving under the influence, Bertagna said. She may also face vehicular manslaughter charges, Bertagna said.
A preliminary field sobriety test led police to believe she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Bertagna said. Witnesses estimated she was driving 70 mph.
The mother, a 45-year-old Latina, and her two daughters, ages 5 and 6, were crossing in the cross walk at 17th and Spurgeon streets when a small silver car ran a red light "at a high rate of speed" and collided with all three victims, Bertagna said. The victims had the right of way.
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