Police say the Nissan Sentra they were in was broadsided by a 1983
yellow Ford Mustang driven by 27-year-old James Paul Bell Jr. from
Rowland Heights at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue
in Huntington Beach.
Bell was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving. He remains in
the custody of the Orange County Sheriff's Department at UCI Medical,
where he is listed in stable condition.
He could be charged with anything from manslaughter to second degree
murder, said Officer Robert Barr of the Huntington Beach Police
Tears of farewell
The three girls were often inseparable. They all attended Marina High
School and hung out on the weekends.
Baedeker and Toma graduated from Marina in 2001, while Nancy was
supposed to graduate this year from Coast Independent High School in
Huntington Beach, said 18-year-old Michelle Paik, who met Le in the
eighth grade and Baedeker and Toma two years ago while all four attended
"Nancy and I hung out a lot with Jillian, Chelsea and the whole group
on the weekends. [Le's] favorite thing was shopping, she knew all the
gossip," Paik said, smiling. "They were the life of the party. Chelsea
rode [horses], was the All-American girl out to have fun, Jillian did
kick boxing and was the nicest girl you could ever meet. They were just
out to have a good time all the time."
Family and friends hugged one another and cried as they remembered Le
"Fashion was her passion," said Le's 21-year-old brother Tai Le, the
eldest of three siblings that included Nancy and 13-year-old John. "She
was a very articulate person in design, really creative. She was planning
on going to San Francisco in the spring or fall after taking some time
off from classes."
The three siblings were inseparable, always giving each other advice
and helping in any way they could, said Tai Le, who will graduate from
Orange Coast College in the spring and wants to study business at either
Cal State Fullerton or Cal State Long Beach.
"She was very unselfish," he said. "When she came home at night she