The Los Angeles Police Department held a taco fundraiser for the family of two girls who were struck, one fatally, by a semi truck while they were walking to school in South L.A. earlier this month.
The incident occurred about 8 a.m. April 4, when the girls were crossing the street on their way to Clinton Middle School and were hit by the truck that was turning north onto Broadway Place from 37th Street.
The girls were lodged under the truck and dragged, police said.
The truck driver, who was cooperating with the investigation, told police he felt a bump, stopped the vehicle and realized he had hit the two victims.
Marlene Lorenzo, 14, died from her injuries, and her sister, Amy Lorenzo, 12, “is still battling for her life with severe injuries,” LAPD officials said in a news release Wednesday.
Amy will require “lifelong medical care and treatment,” the release said, calling for the public’s financial support.
Volunteers made tacos at LAPD’s Newton Division, 3400 S. Central Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and donations were welcome.
Teddy Vasquez of Teddy’s Red Tacos donated his time, staff and food for the event.
“We were very touched when we saw the news, what happened with the little girls, and we decided to come out and help out," Vasquez said.
Anyone who couldn't make it to the event but still wants to donate, can visit the station during normal hours. All the proceeds from the event will go to the Lorenzo family.
In addition, a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for the girls’ family has raised $24,547.