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Two suspects arrested in Anaheim hit-and-run that killed toddler

May 17, 2012 |  7:12 am

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with an Anaheim hit-and-run accident earlier this year that killed a 3-year-old girl and left her mother hospitalized.

Carlos Parra, 20, and Rebecca Beltran, 24, both from Santa Ana, were arrested Monday, KTLA-TV reported. Parra was booked into the Orange County Jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and Beltran as an accessory to a felony.

The California Highway Patrol scheduled a news conference for Thursday to give more details on the arrests.

Miranda Palacios, 3, and her mother, Augi Hernandez, were struck in the intersection of Guinida and Gilbert streets in February. Hernandez was pushing her daughter in a stroller when they were hit in a crosswalk by an out-of-control car, police said.

"We only saw the mother," witness Gloria Gonzalez told KTLA. "Not realizing, my husband turned around and said, 'Oh my God, there's a child!' "

"The child was thrown on the opposite side of the mother," Gonzalez said.

The impact sent the mother about 40 feet to the middle of the street. The child and pieces of the stroller were sent another 30 feet to the curb.

"The little girl was just face down, and blood started forming by her head," witness Jesse Gonzalez said.

"I went down ... she was still warm ... I went to feel for a pulse, and I didn't feel anything," Gloria Gonzalez said.

Miranda was pronounced dead at a hospital. Hernandez suffered serious injuries, including a broken back. Police say the vehicle involved in the crash, a Nissan Maxima, was stolen from its owner in Stanton.

CHP officers found the car about a mile away from the accident scene, its windshield shattered and bumper broken.


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