A 14-year-old girl was killed and her 12-year-old sister was in critical condition after they were struck by a truck while walking to school in the Historic South-Central neighborhood of Los Angeles Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
The sisters, identified by relatives as Amy and Marlene Lorenzo, were walking near a middle school when they were struck by the truck turning northbound onto Broadway Place from 37th Street just before 8 a.m., according to LAPD Officer Jeff Lee.
Officers responded to the scene and transported the two girls to a hospital, where Marlene was pronounced dead, authorities said.
After being hit, the girls were lodged under the truck and dragged, according to LAPD Detective Moses Castillo.
The truck driver told police he felt a bump, stopped his vehicle and found that he had hit the two girls, Lee said.
One of the girls' schoolmates saw the collision and started screaming, according to police.
"This could have been anyone. This is not a crime, this is an accident," Castillo said at the scene of the collision.
Video showed officers investigating near a white semi truck that was parked in an area closed off with police tape.
What appears to be blood and crayons can be seen on the ground where the truck hit the girls.
The unidentified truck driver remained at the scene and looked visibly distressed as he spoke to investigators.
Police said that while they do not believe there was any criminal activity involved in the collision, the driver may still face charges. Officials were seen recreating the truck's movement to determine whether it's possible the driver couldn't see the girls crossing the road.
Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor int he collision, police said.
It is unclear which school the girls were walking to, but Clinton Middle School is located in the area.
A GoFundMe page was set up to raise funds for the girls' family.
No further information was immediately available.
KTLA's Matt Phillips and Alexandria Hernandez contributed to this report.