An SUV struck a mother and her 4-year-old daughter on a crosswalk at a busy intersection in Koreatown on Wednesday morning, leaving the child dead, police said
The “distraught” driver stayed at the scene after the crash happened around 7:45 a.m. at Olympic Boulevard and Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles police Capt. Elaine Morales said.
The motorist, a local mother who had three of her own children inside the vehicle, was making a left turn from Normandie Avenue onto Olympic Boulevard when she hit the mother and daughter on a crosswalk, Morales said. Investigators have not determined whether or not the traffic light had been red at the time, according to LAPD.
The woman and her child, a student at the Mariposa-Nabi Primary Center that’s located one block away, were both transported to hospitals. The girl was pronounced dead at the Children’s Hospital, police said.
Volunteers at the school on Wednesday questioned why no crossing guard is assigned at the intersection.
The L.A. School Police Department said it’s assisting LAPD in the case and has sent crisis response personnel to the Mariposa-Nabi Primary Center.
KTLA’s Matt Phillips contributed to this story.