SALINAS - Two female pedestrians were killed in a hit and run vehicle collision outside Natividad Medical Center in Salinas on Wednesday evening, according to police.

Officers said that one of the victims was a female patient who was transported to the emergency room earlier in the evening and was found to be intoxicated, police said.

She left Natividad Medical Center's emergency room, located at 1441 Constitution Blvd., at about 7 p.m. and walked from the emergency room to the intersection of East Laurel Drive and Constitution Boulevard, police said.

The second victim, also a female, saw that the first victim had forgotten her backpack and went after her in order to return it, according to police.

Officers said the first victim was attempting to flag down cars for a ride on East Laurel Drive. She then attempted to open the door to a black SUV that was stopped in the left turn lane of eastbound East Laurel Drive, but the SUV took off and the female pedestrian fell to the ground.

The other female pedestrian witnessed this and ran out into the roadway to assist the fallen pedestrian. She was kneeling down next to the injured victim to provide aid when she was struck by a white Ford Taurus traveling eastbound at about 45 mph.

Police later identified that the white Ford Taurus was driven by 23-year-old Francisco Miranda Jr.

Miranda ran over the first victim and knocked the second victim about 45 feet away. Miranda then ran over the second victim before fleeing the scene, police said.


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Both victims were transported to Natividad Medical Center within minutes, but both died as a result of their injuries, according to police.

Officers said a witness to the collision called Miranda's mother to tell her what had happened. Miranda's mother went to the scene of the collision where officers convinced her to call Miranda and have him return to the scene.

According to police, Miranda and his car reeked of marijuana. He admitted to smoking marijuana and submitted to a blood test. Miranda was found to have been driving under the influence of marijuana.

Police said he also had two prior DUI convictions earlier this year and that during each of these past convictions the judge had warned Miranda that if he continued to drive under the influence and killed someone, he could be charged with murder.

Miranda was booked on two counts of murder, two counts of felony hit and run, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license and violation of probation, according to officers.

The Salinas Police Department is asking for any witnesses who may have been in the area at the time of the collision to call Salinas police at (831) 758-7980.