A 3-year-old boy died and his father was injured after they were both struck by an SUV that may have run a stop sign in Arleta on Friday, according to LAPD.
Around 4:30 p.m., a woman was driving a late-model Ford Expedition down Chase Street with two young boys in the vehicle when she went to make a right turn on Varna Avenue. At the same time, the toddler and his father were crossing eastbound on the north side of the intersection in a crosswalk, said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Bill Bustos.
The driver then apparently failed to completely stop at, or ran through, a stop sign, and hit the father and son, according to Bustos. The two males fell to the ground and went partially underneath the SUV.
Paramedics responded and transported the gravely injured 3-year-old boy to a local trauma center, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert.
The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital, Bustos said. Police have not released the child’s name.
His father also suffered serious injuries and was transported, but has since been released. The Fire Department earlier said the father suffered minor injuries and was not taken to a hospital.
After the crash, the driver immediately stopped to render aid to the victims, according to the detective.
“We are asking the crisis response team from the mayor’s office to come and assist everybody involved, because this is a very, very tragic incident for everybody involved, especially the family that lost the 3-year-old boy,” he said.
The collision occurred in a residential area, across the street from an elementary school, according to Bustos. He said both the driver and the victims reside in the area and appear to be neighbors, though it is not believed they know each other.
An investigation is ongoing, and it was not immediately known whether the driver would face any charges.
KTLA’s Nidia Becerra contributed to this story.