Three girls killed in accident
Three teenage girls form Huntington Beach were killed late Tuesday
when their car was struck by a suspected drunk driver, police said.
Jillian Baedeker, 19, and Nancy Lee, 18, died instantly after a yellow
1983 Ford Mustang driven by 27-year-old James Paul Bell Jr. from Rowland
Heights broadsided their 1996 silver Nissan Sentra, police said.
The accident occurred just before midnight at the corner of Beach
Boulevard and Edinger Avenue.
The third girl, Chelsea Toma, 19, was taken to UCI Medical Center in
Orange and died at 7:43 a.m. Wednesday, Meza said.
Huntington Beach Police arrested Bell on suspicion of felony driving
under the influence. Bell is currently in critical condition with
internal injuries at UCI Medical Center, Meza said.
Police continue to investigate the cause of the accident, but they
suspect Bell drove his car through a red light at the intersection,
striking the Sentra, Meza said.
After the collision with the Sentra, the Mustang careened into a 1995
white Honda that had stopped at a red light set to go east on Edinger
Avenue from Beach Boulevard, police said.
The two occupants in the Honda were taken to Huntington Beach Hospital
and treated for minor injuries, Meza said.
All three victims attended Marina High School at one time, said Carol
Osbrink, the school’s principal for the last eight years.
But Lee and Baedeker both transferred schools, Osbrink said.
Lee graduated in 2000 from Edison High School, according to school
officials. Osbrink did not know what school Baedeker transferred to.
Toma graduated from Marina High School last year, Osbrink said.
“It’s really sad that three youngsters are gone in the prime of their
life,” Osbrink said. “Their lives were just beginning. A lot of students
knew them. It will be very hard for them.”
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