2 Immigrant Teens Killed in Apparent Hit-and-Run 10/2/12
October 2, 2012
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Two refugee families in the Texas Panhandle were mourning the loss their teenage daughters, victims of an apparent hit-and-run accident.
Fourteen-year-old Irafasha Vestina and 13-year-old Violette Ntawurusimba, natives of Tanzania who became friends in Amarillo, were known for walking everywhere together.
They were walking to Irafasha's home after eating with her brother about 8 p.m. Sunday when police say a pickup truck driven by 19-year-old Gillermo Flores hit them.
Flores was jailed Tuesday on $100,000 bond on two counts of causing an accident involving death. No lawyer was listed.
The Amarillo Globe-News reported (http://bit.ly/QBlIDs ) that Flores initially fled the scene, but his family brought him to police. Police did not believe alcohol was a factor.