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GRAND PRAIRE (CBSDFW.COM) - Littered around the crash site at the corner of Prairie Creek Road and Dunlap Drive are signs of a violent collision. Broken windshield glass, the headlamps from a vehicle, and a broken rim from a Nissan were scattered in the grass long after the wreckage of two vehicles was towed away.

Araceli Romero, 26, her sister Judith Romero, 28, and their mother, Regina Romero, 45, spent the evening planning a niece’s birthday party to be held over the weekend. Riding in a car seat was Araceli’s two-year-old son, Saith.

As Araceli Romero turned onto Dunlap from Prairie Creek, another vehicle slammed into hers. The cars spun and Romero’s flipped. Three young adults who live nearby saw the wreckage and ran to help.

Araceli Romero, 26, and her two-year-old son, Saith. The toddler survived Friday night's crash, but sadly, his mother did not. (credit: CBS 11 News)

Araceli Romero, 26, and her two-year-old son, Saith. The toddler survived Friday night’s crash, but sadly, his mother did not. (credit: CBS 11 News)

Sergio Salinas said when they got to the scene, he and his friend cut the car seat out of the mangled vehicle, and used a t-shirt to staunch the bleeding on the toddler’s head.

Salinas said they also saw the man who had driven the other car. “He pulled the driver, the lady out. And once he realized she was dead and he heard sirens, he just started panicking, crying. And he ran,” said Salinas.

“His eyes were bloodshot red and he smelled like alcohol,” said Salinas.

Dallas Police said the male driver ran on foot. The child was taken by ambulance to Children’s Medical Center, where he is being treated for a laceration to the head, and two broken legs.

At the Romero home, Saturday, family members were grief-stricken. They described the loved ones lost.

A hit and run crash took the lives of the two sisters pictured above. (credit: CBS 11 News)

A hit and run crash took the lives of the two sisters pictured above. (credit: CBS 11 News)

Araceli was a substitute teacher at Hawthorne Elementary in DISD. Judith was an accountant, preparing to open her own business. Regina loved shopping and having her family close around her.

“It’s awful. I can’t believe somebody would just leave like that from the scene, and leave defenseless people in such bad shape. The baby, clinging to life in the hospital as well. It’s really sad,” said Juanita Gonzalez, who brought her daughter to the site to leave flowers at a growing memorial.

Gonzalez’s daughter says she recognizes Araceli from school. Several people, from strangers to friends and family, left bouquets of roses at the crash site on Saturday.

As of Saturday evening, investigators have released no additional information, other than the identities of the three women killed.

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