Jul 05, 2022
Drunk driver found guilty in 2019 Long Beach crash that killed 3-year-old, parents on Halloween
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LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A drunk driver who struck and killed a family of three while they were out in Long Beach on Halloween night in 2019 has been found guilty of murder.
Carlo Navarro, who was 20 years old at the time of the crash, was found guilty of three counts of murder on Tuesday.
3-year-old Omar and his parents, Joseph and Raihan Awaida, were trick-or-treating near Los Cerritos Park.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated. A previous report is below.
A family of three was killed after being struck by a suspected drunk driver while they were out in Long Beach on Halloween night in 2019.
3-year-old Omar and his parents, Joseph and Raihan Awaida, were trick-or-treating near Los Cerritos Park in Long Beach.
"Joey, my nephew, was just an incredible human being. Kind, friendly, a good listener. He was a giver, always put other people's interests and needs first, and his wife, Raihan, was the same. She was a social worker," said Cecilia Vasquez Ramos, Joseph Awaida's family member.
Vasquez said Joseph Awaida was studying to be a doctor at California State University Long Beach. She said Omar Awaida was ball of energy, a loving boy just like his father.
Carlo Navarro, who was 20 years old at the time, was driving under the influence in a Toyota Sequoia according to prosecutors who say a sobriety test was taken that night.
They said Navarro was driving on Country Club Drive after getting a bottle of alcohol at a local liquor store. Video in court showed him getting the bottle.
He crashed into the family while they were walking home.
The Awaida family was emotional Thursday during opening statements and testimony, reliving the deaths of their three loved ones.
Vasquez said Omar, Joseph and Raihan Awaida were celebrating Halloween at her house the night of the accident.
She said soon after they left to go to their own home, she heard a loud sound. She said something told her to check on the family. After driving to their house and multiple missed calls, she noticed police lights.
"I just prayed that he'd come out and laugh at me and say I was just being a nervous nelly, but he never came," Vasquez said.
Vasquez said police confirmed Omar, Joseph and Raihan Awaida were hit while walking home.
In court Thursday, police body camera and surveillance images showed the street Navarro was driving on, as well as Joseph and Raihan Awaida's bodies on the street. Omar was reportedly lying under a car across the street.
Witnesses recalled seeing Navarro speeding, driving onto the sidewalk and hitting the family.
"I'm so happy that the last thing I said to them was that I love them, and I kissed them. And the stroller went around the corner and then I never saw them again," Vasquez said.
The family said they're hoping for justice and that the trial is wrapped up before July 4.
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A MUM has shared the life-saving hack she uses when her kids go missing while out and about - as she urged all parents to learn it.
Jess, from the US, warned mums to never ‘silently look’ for their kids, and instead to broadcast their description.3A mum-of-three has shared her life-saving tip for all parents to copy if their child goes missingCredit: @jesmartini/TikTok 3Jess, from the US, said she used this hack successfully when one of her boys went AWOL while shoppingCredit: Getty Images - Getty
The mum of three boys says she used this tip ‘successfully’ when one of her sons went missing while out shopping, so she’s sharing it as widely as possible.
Jess shared her ‘public service announcement’ to TikTok, saying: “If your child ever goes missing in a public place, heaven forbid in a public place, because remember these things happen to even the best parent.
“Do not start silently looking for them. You want to look loudly, and what I mean by that is you start shouting their description while you look.”
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She gave an example from her own experience, continuing: “It’s going to sound like this; ‘I’m looking for a boy, age five, short brown hair, brown eyes, caucasian, red nike T-shirt, black shorts’.
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She explained why you want to be as loud as possible, saying: “Now you’ve got every single person who’s around you looking for your child instead of just you, and best case scenario somebody finds your child and they return them to you.
“Worst case scenario someone was walking away with your child, they're more likely to let them go because they don’t want that sort of commotion.”
She admitted people may feel a little silly loudly yelling in a store, but warned the consequences could be much worse.
Jess added: “You may feel you look stupid doing it, and maybe you do, but it is so much better to look stupid than to be sorry.”
She admitted it “blew her mind” when she first learned the tip, admitting it wouldn’t have been “instinct”.
Her advice has been hailed by fellow parents, who thanked her for sharing the tip.3Parents have praised Jess' tip, with some admitting they've already used it themselves
One person said: “Me trying to remember what my kids have on today. Thanks for your advice!"
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A third commented: “This information is SO important. Thank you for raising awareness!"
This mum thought: “So true! Thank you for this."
While another raved: “Wow this is fantastic advice, thank you."
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