Over the holiday weekend a joyride turned deadly, claimed the lives of two homeless San Diego men this past Friday. A 13-year-old girl who has not yet been identified, took her parents car for a drive without their knowledge.
Escondido Police spotted the young teenager around 11:20 PM late Friday February 12th. During the routine stop the girl hit the accelerator and drove off. The ensuing pursuit turned for the worst when the girl and her other teenage passenger, crashed the white SUV into a planter near a San Diego Gas and Electric transfer facility.
Once the teenager and her passenger were apprehended that is when officers discovered the two men who had been hit.
The Escondido Police Department identified the two victims as Mateo Salvador, 33, and Sofio Sotelo Torres, 51. During the time of the accident the two were asleep in the bushes.
According to Florinda Jimenez, who volunteers to help those in need in the San Diego community. The men were migrant workers from Mexico and Guatemala, she told NBC News 7 San Diego.
Authorities are currently working with the juvenile branch of the District Attorney’s office on any potential criminal charges.
The teenager and her passenger were taken into custody and later released to their parents.
Anyone with any additional information pertaining to the crime is encouraged to call Officer Adan Martinez at 760-839-4465 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-8477.
Footage from a home security system during the crash.