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Las Colinas Files: Two 5-Year-Old Girls Dead, Woman Charged

Arlene Anna Hernandez, 22, is suspected of drunken driving and gross vehicular manslaughter after her minivan crashed into the Otay Lakes Reservoir, killing two 5-year-old girls in the backseat.

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Updated August 6 @ 2:30p.m.

A 22-year-old woman is behind bars Monday for allegedly crashing her minivan into Otay Lakes Reservoir while intoxicated, resulting in the deaths of two 5-year-old girls riding in the back seat.

Arlene Anna Hernandez of Chula Vista lost control of the eastbound 2005 Kia Sedona on Otay Lakes Road shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The vehicle tumbled down an embankment near Wueste Road, overturned, landed on its roof in the water and sank, CHP public-affairs Officer Omar Morales said.

Hernandez and a man in the front passenger seat were able to extricate themselves, but Giuliana Figueroa of La Mesa and Lesette Silva of Chula Vista remained inside until Border Patrol agents and several citizens pulled the girls out.

Medics airlifted the children to Rady Children's Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Hernandez was booked into in Santee on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, cruelty to children and driving while intoxicated. She was being held on $400,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Hernandez's relationship to the girls remained unclear this afternoon, though news accounts indicated that one of them was her daughter.

-City News Service

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Joe Spencer August 06, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Very sad. This is yet ANOTHER example of the type of case we shouldnt waste time or money on. Flip the switch and be done.
bme August 07, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Instead, the City sees fit to spend tax dollars on expanding Los Colinas for people like this, so they can live rent-free, be fed free, etc. etc. Disgusting.

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