Dallas, Texas — A Friday night (11/15/2013) Pleasant Grove hit-and-run accident left a mother (Regina Romero) and two daughters (Araceli Romero & Judith Romero) dead, and a 2-year-old boy in critical condition.
26-year-old Araceli Romero was driving back from a shopping trip with her mother, sister, and an unidentified 2-year-old boy, when her vehicle was struck by an SUV shortly before 6:30 p.m. Officials say the collision occurred at North Prairie Creek Road and Dunlap Drive when Araceli Romero, traveling northbound on N. Prairie Creek Road, turned left onto Dunlap Drive. The hit-and-run SUV was traveling south on N. Prairie Creek Road.
First responders pronounced 45-year-old Regina Romero, 26-year-old Araceli Romero, and 28-year-old Judith Romero, dead at the scene. Witnesses helped free the 2-year-old boy from the wreckage. That boy is now hospitalized in with two broken legs, and in critical condition at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.
As tragic as this story is, what makes it even more disturbing is that the driver of the SUV fled the scene. One witness stated that he believed the hit-and-run driver was driving at around 80 miles per hour prior to the accident. Some witnesses say the man tried to help the victims for a very short period of time before fleeing on foot.
Friends and family gathered on Freddie Street at porch of the Romero family home on Saturday, still in shock over the terrible events of Friday night. Araceli Romero was a staff member at Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School in Dallas. Judith Romero worked for a bookkeeping service. At this time, we were unable to find any more information on the hit-and-run driver. Police are investigating.