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Coroner identifies victims of Vernon hit and run

December 12, 2010 |  4:26 pm

The Los Angeles County coroner has identified the three people who were killed Saturday night in Vernon when a man driving a pickup struck their car.

The victims are Rafael Chavez-Rodriguez, 30, Jessika Quinonez-Gonzalez, 25, and Amanda Samayoa, all of Los Angeles. Samayoa is believed to be roughly 70 years old, officials said, though an exact date of birth for her was not available.

A 6-year-old boy, believed to be the son of Quinonez-Gonzalez, survived, officials said.

Vernon police said the four were traveling north on Alameda Street in a Honda when they were struck by a Dodge pickup at East Vernon Avenue.

The driver of the Dodge, who was alone, fled the scene but was apprehended a short time later.

Police declined to identify the driver of the Dodge but said he was expected to be charged with felony hit and run and driving while intoxicated.

--Scott Gold

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