Three teens suffered major injuries after being struck by a vehicle in Garden Grove on Thursday, officials said.
A group of teenagers was crossing Westminster Boulevard at Kerry Street when a tan SUV crashed into some of them shortly before 6 p.m., Garden Grove police said in a news release.
Officials originally described the victims as "children."
The group of about seven was within a marked crosswalk when they were hit, police said. Three of the youth were subsequently transported to a nearby trauma center for treatment.
The victims were conscious and breathing when paramedics tended to them, Sgt. Jon Wainwright said.
Teens who remained at the scene and said they were part of the group said the victim were one 14-year-old and two 13-year-olds.
“We were pressing the button to go across the street," one of them said. "We had the signal to go and some of us were behind but some of us were also ahead,” and the vehicle hit those in front.
The teens said they had been at an area park and were walking to grab food at a poke restaurant when their friends were struck.
A witness told police the SUV ran a light as it was traveling west on Westminster right before running into the teens.
Jackie Goodbeau, who also witnessed the incident, said the victims were lying in the street "bloodied up" in the aftermath.
The vehicle involved was a GMC Yukon XL, aerial video showed. The car remained at the scene in an area cordoned off for the investigation, and authorities said the driver was cooperating.
Preliminary investigation indicated intoxicated driving did not play a role in the crash, but further toxicology results were pending, police said.
Westminster Boulevard was closed between Brookhurst and Bushard streets for about two hours but later reopened.
No further details were immediately available.
Anyone who witnesses the collision can contact Garden Grove traffic detectives at 714-741-5823.