A 6-year-old girl was in serious condition and her 40-year-old mother was also hospitalized after they were both struck by a car near an elementary school in Winnetka on Tuesday.
The crash occurred shortly before 2 p.m. in the 8300 block of Winnetka Avenue, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
A silver Nissan Xterra SUV may have run a red light before it smashed into a red Ford Focus sedan, sending the second vehicle careening into a minivan and then into the girl and woman, who were standing on the sidewalk, authorities on scene said.
Witnesses said the mother and daughter were pinned between two vehicles.
The girl, whose pink backpack appeared to have been left on the curb at the scene of the crash, was initially listed in critical condition but was later upgraded to serious condition. The 40-year-old woman was with was in serious condition.
The two occupants of the sedan -- a man, 61, and woman, 26 -- were in fair condition, Humphrey said.
All four patients were hospitalized.
The crash, at the cross street of Roscoe Boulevard, occurred right outside Winnetka Avenue Elementary School. The principal of the school responded to the scene.
A witness, a student at the school, said the girl was stuck under a vehicle after the crash. The student said the girl's mother was the other pedestrian victim, but police said they could not confirm the relationship.
The driver of the SUV was not injured, nor was the driver of the minivan.