The two children killed when an on-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SUV careened into pedestrians in the Boyle Heights area Thursday evening were identified as 7- and 9-year-old boys, whose mother was also struck and is in critical condition, police said Friday.
The crash was called in about 7:25 p.m. after the SUV and two other vehicles collided in the intersection of South Indiana Street and Whittier Boulevard on the border of East L.A. and Boyle Heights.
The two deputies were responding to an emergency call of a gunshot victim when the SUV was involved in the crash, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Alfonso Lopez said.
The SUV collided with another vehicle and was sent off the roadway where it struck three pedestrians, later determined to be a mother and her two boys, the Los Angeles Police Department stated in a news release Friday. The boys were 7 and 9 years old.
One of the boys was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the news release. The second boy was taken to a local hospital, where he died. The mother was also hospitalized, and is listed in critical condition.
A witness to the crash believes the Sheriff’s Department vehicle did not have its lights and sirens on at the time of the crash.
Chris Alvidrez said he witnessed the SUV enter the intersection, but there were “no lights, no sirens.”
Officials have not yet determined whether the lights or sirens were on at the time of the crash.
Following the initial crash, The vehicle that collided with the SUV then crashed into a third vehicle, the Police Department stated.
The result of that crash left two adult pedestrians, who were proceeding through a crosswalk, with relatively minor injuries, according to the Police Department.
Both deputies were also hospitalized with minor injuries.
The other drivers involved in the crash were not injured, Lopez said.
The collision occurred near several businesses, including a Wells Fargo bank, which were expected to have surveillance video of the crash.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the LAPD at 213-833-3746.
Anonymous tips can also be left by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).