A 13-year-old girl was struck and killed by a MTA bus in Redondo Beach Friday evening while she was riding her bicycle, police said.
The crash occurred about 5:40 p.m. along Pacific Coast Highway and Knob Hill Avenue.
Redondo Beach Police Lt. Shawn Freeman said the bus had a green light at the intersection, when, "for whatever reason the 13-year-old came out, either into the crosswalk, or into the number two lane and was struck by the bus." She died at the scene.
Freeman called the incident a “tragic accident.”
“She didn’t deserve to die. No one could not like her. She was so nice to everyone,” friend Chandra Le told KTLA.
Alisa Iwai, another friend, said that knowing it was an accident, “makes it a lot worse.” “It’s not the bus’ fault, it’s not her fault. I don’t think she was doing anything wrong,” Alisa said.
Aerial video from Sky5 showed the bus remained at the scene. A bicycle was also nearby.
Another child who was also riding a bike in the area was not injured during the incident, officials said.
Both sides of PCH were closed during the investigation, according to the California Highway Patrol.