A car crash in Lodi, Calif., has left six dead, three young brothers and sisters, an unborn child, and their parents.
The accident occurred Tuesday at approximately 5:30 p.m. when a man apparently talking on a cell phone was driving his SUV 90 mph, according to witnesses, when he collided with other vehicles at an intersection. The driver of the SUV is alive and said to be recovering at a local hospital, the Los Angeles Times reported
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Those killed in the car crash Tuesday were siblings Stephanie Miranda, 5, Jose Miranda, 7, and Irving Miranda, 12. Also killed was the children's father Luis Miranda, 30, and mother Vivian Rodriguez, 31, who was pregnant at the time of the accident. The unborn child is being included among the deceased in the car crash, the Lodi News-Sentinel reported
Eden Miranda, 9, was the only member of the family to survive the crash.
In total, at least 12 people were either killed or injured in the six-car pileup at the intersection of Ham Lane and Vine Street, Lodi News-Sentinel noted.
Survivors were driven and air-lifted to area hospitals depending on the severity of the injuries. Their current condition was not reported.
The two younger Miranda children, Stephanie and Jose, were both students at Heritage Primary Elementary School where they attended kindergarten and first grade, respectively.
Irving was enrolled in the Lodi Middle School, where he was said to have been on the school’s soccer team, the district's Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Catherine Pennington told the Los Angeles Times.
"He was a very well-liked young man," Pennington said of Irving. "He was a very good student."
Crisis teams were sent by the city of Lodi to both schools on Wednesday to comfort friends of the deceased children.
Members of the Miranda family returned to the scene of the accident with flowers. One of those present was the 15-year-old niece of the victims, Yula Ocampo.
Ocampo told the Lodi News-Sentinel that the family was angered that the man they believed to be responsible for causing the accident was still alive and being treated at a hospital.
"The family is mad," Ocampo said. "It’s not fair that the man who caused the accident is in the hospital, while my cousins and aunt and uncle are dead."
Ocampo is referring to Vivian Rodriguez as her aunt, though it is unclear how she was related to the Miranda family in published reports.
Two search warrants have been issued overnight. However, police have yet to arrest anyone in connection with the accident, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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