A mother was killed and her 9-year-old daughter hospitalized after they were struck by a semi truck while walking in a crosswalk near a middle school in Hollywood Tuesday morning, according to police.
The collision happened shortly before 8 a.m. in the 1300 block of North Bronson Avenue at Fountain Avenue (map) in front of Joseph Le Conte Junior High School.
A mother and her 9-year-old girl were struck by a semi truck, according to Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The collision occurred in a pedestrian crosswalk in front of the school, where the semi truck was headed southbound on Bronson Avenue.
The two victims were transported to a local hospital, where the mother died, Herrera said. The daughter was in stable condition.
“It’s sad, really sad,” said neighbor Hugo Carranza, who described the intersection as very busy, especially in the morning.
The driver was being interviewed by responding officers and had passed a field sobriety test, according to authorities at the scene. He was not taken into custody, an LAPD spokesman said.
The truck, which was carrying a small load of concrete, was owned by Banning-based Bowman’s Trucking. It did not appear to have any mechanical issues, LAPD investigators on scene said.
“Our hearts go out to the family. We are still trying to figure out exactly what happened,” said Larry Bowman Jr., a spokesman for the company, which is also known as LBJ & Associates Inc. “We feel absolutely horrible about the situation.”
Bowman said his father, the company’s owner, was headed to the scene. The man operating the truck was an “excellent driver” and had been very emotional about the crash, Bowman said.
The driver spoke briefly with reporters after being released by police, saying he was terribly upset.
Crisis counselors were sent to the middle school, where the girl attends a charter elementary school that shares the campus, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Citizens of the World Charter School is the elementary school that shares the Le Conte campus, according to its website.
The school released a statement Tuesday evening.
Everyone in the Citizens of the World community grieves for our student and their family who unnecessarily lost a beloved mother today.
The victim of a tragic vehicular accident as she escorted her child on the way to school, this mother heroically saved her child.
Our school is committed to doing everything we can to help the family and all of our children get through this difficult time. We are setting up opportunities for the community to support the family in need, providing crisis counselors to all of our children and working with police and the city to ensure that all measures are taken to enable students and their families to have the safest possible routes to school.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
No crossing guard was assigned to the crosswalk where the crash occurred, according to Bruce Gillman of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
The intersection is heavily trafficked by pedestrians, and by motorists trying to avoid traffic on Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards.
Carranza and other witnesses and parents said the crosswalk needs a crossing guard.
KTLA’s Sara Welch, Tracy Bloom, Melissa Pamer and Jennifer Thang contributed to this report.