May 19, 2022

Authorities are looking for a hit-and-run driver who killed three children and critically injured a fourth while walking along a desert highway in Southern California.

The four young girls — two of whom were in wheelchairs, including the lone survivor of the collision — were struck by a white Chevrolet Silverado that drifted onto the shoulder of the road and hit them from behind shortly before 10:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The San Bernardino County coroner’s office identified the victims who died as 11-year-old Willow Sanchez, 12-year-old Daytona Bronas, and 13-year-old Sandra Mizer. Natalie Cole, 14, was the only survivor, was taken by Mercy Air to an intensive care unit at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Cole and Bronas are on wheelchairs and were being pushed by the other two.

“Her leg was amputated in the accident, all her other limbs are shattered, and her liver is bleeding, her kidneys are struggling,” Cole’s mother, Sherrie Orndorff, said.

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

According to the official report, the truck’s driver and passenger stopped after the collision. They used a flashlight to see who they had hit before fleeing without calling 911 and leaving the truck, as seen by witnesses.

The four victims had just completed their eighth-grade year at Lucerne Valley Middle School.

According to the video, some people were seen gathering at the crash site on Monday evening in a small memorial of candles, teddy bears, and flowers by the side of the road.

The California Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation on the incident, and it is not yet clear what caused the triple fatal collision. Authorities are also unsure how fast the pickup was traveling when it collided with the girls.

For any information about the crash, please contact Officer L. McAllister of the California Highway Patrol’s Victorville office at 760-241-1186.