13-Year-Old Girl Fatally Struck by Bus in Redondo Beach Identified, Described as Having the ‘Greatest Personality’

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A bike is shown at the scene of a traffic accident in Redondo Beach on May 5, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

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A 13-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a MTA bus while riding her bike in Redondo Beach was identified by the Los Angeles Coroner's office Saturday morning.

Ciara Smith was fatally struck around 5:40 p.m. on Friday when she came out into the crosswalk at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Knob Hill Avenue, police said.

The bus had a green light and the incident is a “tragic accident,” according to Redondo Beach Police Lt. Shawn Freeman.

A friend told KTLA on Friday that the circumstances surrounding the accident "makes it a lot worse."

“It’s not the bus’ fault, it’s not her fault. I don’t think she was doing anything wrong," said Alisa Iwai, Ciara's friend.

Smith was enjoying a day at the beach and friends posted her in a Snapchat video riding her bicycle shortly before the accident occurred.

Another child who was also riding a bike in the area was not injured during the incident, officials said.

Friends and classmates gathered at a growing memorial near the crash site Saturday to remember Ciara. Many left flowers, stuffed animals, candles and signs.

“She had the greatest personality,” Ciara’s friend Chandra Le said Saturday. “She was always making everyone laugh and making everyone smile, she never failed to do that.”

“She always lit up a room whenever she walked into it, she was never not happy,” another friend, Kylie Lutton, told KTLA.”

KTLA's Cindy Von Quednow contributed to this story. 

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