Three small children are in the hospital in serious condition Wednesday after a crash the night before left two adults in the same vehicle dead, officials said.

The driver of the other car faces DUI and murder charges, but has not been officially booked yet and remains at the hospital under police supervision, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. She was the only person in the vehicle, a Range Rover, and has not been identified by authorities.

About 7:45 p.m Tuesday officers responded to the area of South Pelican Hill Road and Newport Coast Drive, where a Nissan and the Range Rover had collided, said Newport Beach Police Department spokesperson Heather Rangel.

The Nissan was carrying the three children, ages 1, 4 and 5, along with the two adults who died at the scene, officials said.

The deceased have been identified as 28-year-old Gabriela Andrade, a passenger, and 27-year-old Henrry Saldana-Mejia who was the driver, both from Garden Grove, according to a coroner’s report.

Information on the relationship between the children and the deceased adults was not being released yet, officials said.

The DA’s office said they expect to charge the driver of the Range Rover on Thursday, adding that she can be formally arraigned at the hospital as long as she is conscious.


By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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