Boy, 9, struck and killed by vehicles while walking with sister in Orange

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A 9-year-old boy was struck and killed late Thursday by hit-and-run drivers while walking in a crosswalk in Orange with his sister, police said.

Jesse Rosales and his sister were crossing at Glassell Street and Wilson Avenue when two vehicles drove through a red light at the intersection and hit him, Orange police Lt. Fred Lopez said.

The vehicles continued driving north on Glassell Street and crashed at Taft Avenue, he said. Police arrested both drivers on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run causing great bodily harm, Lopez said.


The drivers were not immediately identified.

Jesse was taken to Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where he died. His sister was not injured in the crash.

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“Fortunately she wasn’t injured,” Lopez said. “It’s very unfortunate, she got to witness her brother get killed.”

Police are investigating what led to the fatal crash. They don’t believe the vehicles were street racing, he said.

Friday was a deadly day for pedestrians throughout the area. The boy was one of three people killed overnight in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

About 21 miles south of Orange, Richard McCrary, 40, was struck and killed near a dog park about 1:05 a.m. in the 20600 block of North Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach police Capt. Jason Kravitz said.


McCrary appears to have gotten out of his car, which was found parked along the road, before he was hit by a 20-year-old Laguna Hills woman.

She was not under the influence, Kravitz said.

McCrary was taken to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, where he died.

An hour later, in Downey, a 20-year-old man was trying to cross the 8100 block of Firestone Boulevard with a skateboard when he was struck by a Honda, driven by a 36-year-old man, police said.

The young man died at the scene.

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