A 5-year-old girl was killed and three other youths injured when the speeding vehicle they were riding in struck a curb and plunged down an embankment in San Juan Capistrano, authorities said Sunday.
Driver Antolin Brito, 30, was speeding in a Ford Explorer shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday when he raced through an intersection in the 30300 block of Camino Capistrano and hit the curb, said Lt. Jerry Carlson of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle hurtled down an embankment, coming to a stop at some railroad tracks.
Yuliana Brito and four other passengers – ages 2 to 12 – were injured and transported to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Carlson said. Yuliana was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after 8 p.m.
It was not known how the driver and the children might be related.
Antolin Brito remained in the hospital overnight and upon his release is expected to be arrested and charged with suspected manslaughter and child endangerment, Carlson said. It is uncertain if alcohol played a part in the incident.