Man arrested in ATV hit-and-run that killed two children

An Apple Valley man suspected of killing two children in a hit-and-run accident involving an SUV has been arrested.

Edgar Ivan Galindo Diaz, 35, turned himself in to the California Highway Patrol office in Victorville after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest, according to the Victorville Daily Press.

When contacted by The Times on Tuesday, a CHP Inland Division official said no one was available to provide information about Galindo or his arrest.

Prison records show he was arrested at 1:44 p.m. on suspicion of hit and run that caused injury or death.

Christina “Tina” Bird, 11, and her boyfriend Jacob Martinez, 12, were killed in the July 2 crash.

Tina and Jacob celebrated the Fourth of July weekend with their families at an Inland Empire campground. They were driving a small ATV around 9 p.m. when they were struck by a larger Polaris SUV on Stoddard Wells Road, authorities said. The vehicle fled the scene after the accident.

A bystander found the children at the Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area, the CHP said in an earlier press release. The 53,000-acre recreation area is managed by the US Bureau of Land Management.

Jacob was pronounced dead at the scene. Tina was found with multiple broken bones and a severed spinal cord.

She was rushed to a local hospital by paramedics before being flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she was pronounced brain dead and removed from life support on July 6.

Based on the debris at the scene, investigators believed the suspect’s vehicle was a bright orange 2021 Polaris RZR Turbo S or Turbo S4, according to the CHP.

According to KTLA-TV Channel 5, authorities found the Polaris on Galindo’s Apple Valley property.

On a GoFundMe page for Tina, organized by Ernie and Felicia Nunez, organizers said, “Tina has grown her wings to join her grandma and grandpa in heaven where she is pain free.”

Anyone with information about the fatal crash is asked to call CHP Commissioner Cesar Ramos in the Victorville office at (760) 241-1186.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-12/apple-valley-man-arrested-in-connection-with-hit-and-run-that-killed-two-children Man arrested in ATV hit-and-run that killed two children

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