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Los Angeles man arrested in hit-and-run deaths of two sisters

October 22, 1997

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A 32-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on charges he struck and killed two sisters who were crossing a highway to help some accident victims.

The California Highway Patrol arrested Jesus Delfino Mendoza Martinez after finding his blood-splattered car parked at a nearby shopping center. He is charged with vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run and driving under the influence.

Fabiola Gudino, 18, and Laura Gudino, 21, of Los Angeles, were struck and killed by a car about 2 a.m. Sunday as they crossed the Pomona Freeway to help four people inside an overturned Toyota sport utility vehicle.

A friend, Pedro Hernandez, 24, was also struck. He remained hospitalized Tuesday with a broken leg and broken hand.

Officers noticed the car parked in a suburban Monterey Park shopping center near the accident site Tuesday morning and traced it to Martinez, CHP Officer Luis Gutierrez said. Blood and lipstick were on the hood and the windshield was damaged.

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