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Two women, child killed by speeding car
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Police investigate a fatal collision that claimed the lives of two women and one child near Boxwood and Rockwood. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal

Three are dead tonight after a car jumped a sidewalk and hit a family walking in a Turlock neighborhood.

At 7:44 p.m. tonight two women and two children were walking in the area of Boxwood and Rockwood when a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Rockwood went up on the sidewalk striking the two women and one of the children, said Turlock Police Lieutenant Ron Reid.

The vehicle continued going and drove into a nearby house. Two men were seen by witnesses running from the vehicle, said Reid. A group of citizens who saw the collision gave chase to the men.

One of the men running south on Boxwood tripped over a fence. The group of citizens caught him and held him until police arrived, said Eric Diaz, a nearby resident who witnessed the scene.

"I was in my room watching TV like I always do when I heard a loud noise. I came outside and saw a guy trying to jump over the fence and a group of guys came and jumped on top of him," said Diaz.

The other man was seen running into a house on Linwood Avenue, according to Reid. The police tried to get him to come out on his own, but he refused and the police are in the process of obtaining a search warrant to enter the premises.

The second child was not injured, said Reid. According to witnesses at the scene, police were trying to identify the child when a family member arrived.

Residents of the Boxwood and Rockwood area said they were shocked at the unfolding events.

"A lot of families go walking around here with their kids and most kids around here walk to school and walk back. I don't know how we'll feel safe again," said Erika Vilchiz.

Police are still investigating the scene at this time and Boxwood and Rockwood are closed off to traffic. There have been no injuries reported  at this time of people inside the house where the car entered.