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Mother And Two Daughters Killed By Suspected DUI Driver

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A woman and her two daughters were leaving a child's birthday party in Placentia Saturday evening when they were struck and killed by a man who is suspected of driving under the influence.

KTLA reports that the three were walking across West La Jolla Street, leaving the birthday party of a 4-year-old girl around 10:30 p.m., when a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Nicholas Stephen Muñoz fatally hit them. According to ABC-7, "all three were holding hands" as they were crossing the street.

ABC reports that the mother has been identified as Patricia Santiago, and her daughters as 5-year-old Diana Ledezma and 8-year-old Stephanie.

According to the L.A. Times, Muñoz hit another car as well in the crash. One witness told KTLA that Muñoz attempted to flee the scene, but party attendees prevented him from leaving before police arrived. Muñoz was arrested on suspicion of DUI and murder.