Authorities: Woman suspected of eliminating 3 Valley teenagers meant to flee nation

<aBani Duarte (Source: Huntington Beach police)
 Bani Duarte( Source: Huntington Beach authorities) Bani Duarte( Source: Huntington Beach authorities). HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA( FOX5)-. A female thought of killing three Las Vegas teenagers in a fiery DUI crash in California was apprehended Sunday after authorities discovered she may have been trying to leave the nation.

According to the Huntington Beach Police Department, Bani Duarte, 27, was apprehended Sunday at 1 p.m. in the city of Downey. She was arrested on a $5 million warrant without event.

On March 29 at 1:08 a.m., authorities responded to the lethal accident in Huntington Beach. Arriving officers found a lorry on fire at the crossway and firefighters extinguishing it. Three Las Vegas teenagers, recognized as Brooke Hawley, Dylan Mack, and AJ Rossi, were found dead at the scene. A fourth teenager, recognized as Alexis Vargas, had the ability to leave the automobile after the crash. Vargas was hospitalized with severe injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed, Duarte was the chauffeur who caused the crash. She was jailed on suspicion of driving under the impact. She posted bond and was eventually launched.

Cops said as the examination continued, investigators received information that she was possibly intending to run away the nation to avoid prosecution.

The Orange County United States Marshalls Fugitive Task Force and the Orange County District Lawyer’s Office helped Huntington Beach authorities with keeping an eye on the circumstance, the department stated.

She was scheduled into the Huntington Beach City Jail on murder and felony DUI charges, police said. On Monday, Duarte pleaded innocent Monday to three counts of murder along with driving under the influence, City News Service reported. Her bail was set at $4 million.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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