Three girls, including one in a wheelchair, killed and one kept fighting for her life in hit-and-run

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Three young girls – one of them in a wheelchair – were killed and another fought for her life after being hit in California by a cowardly driver who fled the scene.

Willow Sanchez, 11, Daytona Bronas, 12, and Sandra Mizer, 13, were killed after being struck from behind by a white Chevrolet Silverado Saturday night as they walked down the north lane of Camp Rock Road in Lucerne Valley.

‘My baby is gone. I can’t have her anymore,” Sandra’s grandmother, Tammy Midkiff, said KNBC TV.

Natalie Cole, 14, was also hit by the car, which ended up in the emergency lane and was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center in critical condition.

She and Daytona used wheelchairs because of their disabilities and were pushed by the other two girls when they were all hit, reports Victor Valley Newsgroup.

Daytona Bronas, 12, who was in a wheelchair due to her disability, was one of three girls killed in the hit-and-run

Daytona Bronas, 12, who was in a wheelchair due to her disability, was one of three girls killed in the hit-and-run

Sandra Mizer, 13, was killed after being hit from behind by a white Chevrolet Silverado

Sandra Mizer, 13, was killed after being hit from behind by a white Chevrolet Silverado

Willow Sanchez, 11, is one of three girls killed in the cowardly hit-and-run

Willow Sanchez, 11, is one of three girls killed in the cowardly hit-and-run

‘[Natalie’s] her leg was amputated in the accident, all her other limbs are shattered and her liver is bleeding, her kidneys are struggling,” said Natalie’s mother, Sherrie Orndorff.

‘[Natalie]has been all over the world,” she said, her voice breaking.

The driver and passenger in the truck stopped after the collision and used a flashlight to see who hit them before running away without calling 911 and leaving the truck on the road, witnesses told family members.

“You got out of your vehicle, looked at those dead and dying girls on the ground and ran,” Orndorff said of the people in the truck.

“You’re a coward,” Christine Cordova, Sandra Mizer’s aunt, told the station. ‘You killed three children, you took their lives. You didn’t just take them, you hurt everyone.

“And you can go home with your family, and ours will never come back,” she said.

Orndorff, Willow’s big sister, said the youths had spent the night at her home and decided to go for a walk.

“My sister was a beautiful bright girl who has already overcome so much,” Orndorff said of Willow. “I don’t know what to do without my sister.”

Natalie Cole, 14, was also hit by the car, which ended up in the emergency lane and was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center in critical condition.

Natalie Cole, 14, was also hit by the car, which ended up in the emergency lane and was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center in critical condition.

The driver and passenger in the truck stopped after the collision and used a flashlight to see who hit them before running away without calling 911 and leaving the truck on the road, witnesses told family members.  Pictured: White 2002 Chevrolet Solverado

The driver and passenger in the truck stopped after the collision and used a flashlight to see who hit them before running away without calling 911 and leaving the truck on the road, witnesses told family members. Pictured: White 2002 Chevrolet Solverado

California Highway Patrol said an unknown driver and passenger were driving a white 2002 Chevrolet Solverado when it appeared to have hit the hard shoulder and hit the girls from behind.

The couple had fled when the San Bernardino County Fire Department arrived and found three of the girls dead on different sides of the road. They also found debris scattered on the ground, including parts of the wheelchairs and shoes.

Sandra’s aunt begged the driver and passenger of the truck to turn themselves in to the police.

“This is the best apology you could ever offer the family,” Cordova wrote on Facebook.

“I know all families say their child was good, but my niece really was. She was only 13 and what should have been a fun night with her friends ended in heartbreak.

Sandra Mizer's aunt, Christine Cordova, begged the driver and passenger of the truck to turn themselves in to police.  In the photo: victim Sandra

Sandra Mizer’s aunt, Christine Cordova, begged the driver and passenger of the truck to turn themselves in to police. In the photo: victim Sandra

“She just graduated from the core cadet and we just paid for her Marines field trip yesterday which she won’t be on now. Her goal was to join the Marines straight from HS and become something.

“She loved everyone and was outgoing and so happy, despite her difficult childhood. She was my baby, I was there when she was born, I named her. She hated bullies and loved younger children like a big sister.”

“When you go through something like that and people run away from little girls who die in the middle of the road one night, that’s not good,” Peter Livingston, superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District, told CBS Los Angeles.

“I think it’s absolutely disgusting that these people, who I wouldn’t even call people, are walking around here.”

Flowers, candles, notes and a teddy bear were left behind at the scene of the accident. Willow’s mother Lori Napier returned to the scene on Tuesday.

“I don’t know why death happens, but it happens,” Napier said CBS Los Angeles.

“Anyone who has teenagers, don’t let them go out at night,” she said. “Keep your teens in, no matter how mad they are at you, because if we kept our teens in, we’d still have them.”

Flowers, candles and a teddy bear have been left at the accident scene where Lori Napier, victim Willow Sanchez's mother, is mourning

Flowers, candles and a teddy bear have been left at the accident scene where Lori Napier, victim Willow Sanchez’s mother, is mourning

Lori Napier, mother of Willow Sanchez, mourns at the crash site where her daughter died

Lori Napier, mother of Willow Sanchez, mourns at the crash site where her daughter died

Jessica Risler, vice president of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, has a GoFundMe page for the four girls.

She wrote: ‘As a community we are all so devastated, there are no words to describe the pain, anger and frustration we feel.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support and kind words at this tragic time.

“All the families are represented here and are all so grateful for any amount you can donate, any person you can share this with and any kind words you want to leave.

“Thank you for your time and compassion at this time. These beautiful souls have left a lasting footprint in our hearts and their memory will live on forever.

“Fly High our dear guardian angels, we got it from here.”

Willow's mother Lori Napier returned to the scene on Tuesday.  Pictured: Victim Willow Sanchez with mother Loric

Willow’s mother Lori Napier returned to the scene on Tuesday. Pictured: Victim Willow Sanchez with mother Loric

Robbin Napier-Florence, Willow and Natalie’s aunt, has a GoFundMe page to help pay for Natalie’s medical expenses.

She wrote on Facebook: ‘It’s going to be hard friends. Natalie’s brother’s birthday is tomorrow and her mother is a mess. Torn between her love for her children.

“Please know that Natalie was in a wheelchair at the time of this accident and was using her hands to navigate it. Now with the possible loss of her hands and leg, she needs special care and a special chair.’

She wrote on the GoFundMe page: ’14-year-old Natalie is the soul survivor of the Lucerne Valley hit and run that killed three young girls, including Natalie’s cousin.

“Doctors have walked with the right leg and report that the other leg, both arms and the pelvis are broken.

“Natalie was in a wheelchair with one of her friends when she was out for a walk when she was beaten.

“The driver of the truck that killed the girls was happy with this scene and they are still on the run.

Natalie’s mother will need all the support she needs to continue to the hospital, an hour away, while looking after her two young children under five. Natalie needs a new wheelchair and extensive physical and mental therapy. Thanks in advance for your help.’

The California Highway Patrol has asked anyone with information about the ongoing collision investigation to contact Officer L. McAllister, at the Victorville CHP Area office at (760) 241-11886.

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