Dallas hit-and-run crash leaves three women dead; suspect at large

Hit-and-run crash

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Three women were killed and a toddler was critically injured when two cars collided at North Prairie Creek Road and Dunlap Drive on November 15, 2013.

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 17 at 2:32 PM

Three killed in Dallas crash

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DALLAS — Dallas police said three women were killed in a crash involving a hit-and-run driver Friday night at North Prairie Creek Road and Dunlap Drive in Dallas.

Police said 26-year-old Araceli Romero was driving the car with passengers Judith Romero, 28, Regina Romero, 45, and a two-year-old boy. They were coming back from a shopping trip for a birthday party planned for Sunday.

As that vehicle turned left on Dunlap around 6:30 p.m., they were hit by a southbound car, killing all three women.

Witnesses were able to pull the child from the wreckage before rescue crews arrived at the scene. He was critically injured and was taken to Children's Medical Center for treatment.

"I have a lot of stuff on my mind; I don't even know what to think," said Rafael Romero, who lost his mother and two sisters. "They were caring and loving people."

Family and friends quietly gathered on the porch of the Romero family home on Saturday, still in shock over Friday night's tragedy.

Araceli Hernandez, who lives across the street, said the Romeros are a loving family. She said their families shared a bond in that they came from the same state of Morelos in Mexico.

"I would see them every day and we would always greet each other," Hernandez said. "They are friendly people."

Not far from the victims' home, Juanita Gonzalez brought flowers to the location where the accident happened.

"It's very sad... a very sad situation," she said. "My heart and prayers go out to the families."

Gonzalez said her daughter first recognized the name and the picture of one the victims on Facebook: Araceli Romero. Her daughter said Araceli was a staff member at Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School in Dallas.

There was little news about who was in that other vehicle.

Witnesses told investigators that driver was going 80 miles an hour.

Romero family members told News 8 on Saturday night that witnesses saw the driver grab the two-year-old out of the car he hit and hand him to someone, but police could not confirm that account.

"I can't believe somebody would leave like that from the scene and leave these defenseless people," Gonzalez said.

Family members were planning funerals in Mexico.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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