As many people know, I lived in Santa Ana for over 15 years. And this happened today right in my neighborhood.
A 5-year-old girl died and her sister and mother are in critical condition after a woman reportedly ran a red light, hitting the three pedestrians inside a marked crosswalk at the intersection of 17th and Spurgeon, Santa Ana Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Police said Jessica Louise Cowan continued driving her Lexus, attempting to get away, before she was stopped by a driver who witnessed the crash.
Bertagna said a preliminary investigation shows that Cowan was driving 60 miles per hour or more while traveling westbound on 17th Street about 11 a.m. Saturday, and ran over the family, which was on its way to a store.
Someone in the comments to the story said the mother was also on her way to St. Joseph Church - my former parish.
|A picture of the perp at the scene, from the Orange County Register|
Cowan failed a field sobriety test at the scene and had a container of marijuana on her dashboard, Bertagna said.
Hmmm . . . a White woman from Frazier Park in a Lexus driving under the influence at 11:00 am on a Saturday westbound on 17th Street - gosh, maybe she was coming from one of the 15 or so medical marijuana dispensaries that are on 17th in that area after getting her "prescription" filled.
Thank you to the woman motorist who boxed in Cowan's car to prevent her from leaving. Cowan should realize how lucky she is that she wasn't dragged from her car and given a taste of street justice.
Praying for the soul of that little girl. Checking to see if there is any type of donation fund being established.