Los Angeles County, California — June 3, 2012
Police say a teenage boy was hit and killed Sunday after a break down left him and his family stranded on a highway in Hacienda Heights.
According to troopers with the California Highway Patrol, Hacienda Heights resident Tina Marie Silva, 28, was behind the wheel of a 2012 Honda Civic as it traveled west along U.S. Route 60. Investigators say Ms. Silva approached the scene where a Toyota Corolla had broken down, stranding the female driver from Santa Monica, 41, and two children, 13 and 10.
Around 12:40 a.m., officers say Ms. Silva’s vehicle struck one male child, 13, inflicting him with fatal injuries. Another male child, 10, and the 41-year-old were also hurt.
After fleeing the scene, Ms. Silva was apprehended and taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, alcohol was a factor in 1,489 traffic fatalities in 2007.
UPDATE: The deceased pedestrian has been identified as Maximillion Infinity Petrakos.
UPDATE: Prosecutors have charged Ms. Silva with leaving the scene of an accident, murder and gross vehicular manslaughter.
UPDATE: Investigators have named Mary Hively has the adult female victim. She suffered critical injuries.
UPDATE: Friends and family of Maximillion have established a memorial fund to cover funeral expenses. To contribute, visit Lincoln Middle School with a check made out to “Max Petrakos Trust Fund.”
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