Felony charges filed in ATV hit-and-run that killed two children


An Apple Valley man who turned himself in after an off-road hit-and-run accident that killed two children this month has been charged with four felonies.

Edgar Ivan Galindo Diaz, 35, faces two counts of gross negligence manslaughter and hit-and-run causing death or serious bodily harm, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Galindo went to the Victorville office of the California Highway Patrol on Tuesday, the law enforcement agency said.

He was jailed that day, with bail set at $200,000, prosecutors said. Galindo was released on Thursday after posting bail, according to prison records.

Along with the felony charges, the district attorney’s office has requested a bail review when Galindo is arraigned, which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Christina “Tina” Bird, 11, and her friend Jacob Martinez, 12, were killed in the July 2 crash in the Stoddard Valley off-road vehicle area.

Tina and Jacob were celebrating the Fourth of July weekend with their families at a campsite in the Inland Empire. They were riding a small ATV around 9 p.m. when they were hit on Stoddard Wells Road by a larger Polaris off-road vehicle, authorities said. The vehicle fled after the accident.

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

She was taken to an area hospital by paramedics before being airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she was declared brain dead and taken off life support on 6 July.

Based on the wreckage 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.

Investigators found a 2021 Polaris RZR at Galindo’s residence on the evening of July 7, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, the CHP said.




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