LOS ANGELES (April 5, 2019) – Two sisters, ages 14 and 12, were hit by a semi-truck while walking to school in south Los Angeles on the morning of Thursday, April 4, 2019.
The 14-year-old girl, Marlene Lorenzo, died while her younger sister, Amy Lorenzo, remains hospitalized in critical condition.
The two young girls were heading to Clinton Middle School when the accident occurred just before 8:00 A.M. According to LAPD, the girls had the right-of-way as they stepped into the crosswalk on 37thStreet and Broadway when they were hit by the semi-truck.
The truck driver was not initially aware that he had ran over the girls, unfortunately causing him to continue driving as they were trapped underneath the truck.
A witness at the scene who saw the collision stated that they were able to get the trucker’s attention by waving their arms back and forth, at which time the driver stopped.
Both girls suffered life-threatening injuries and were rushed to a local hospital, where one later died.
Officials are investigating what caused the truck driver to not see the girls, and it’s unknown at this time whether or not he’ll face charges. LAPD will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the facts, and provide them to the city’s District Attorney. The DA’s office will then decide if it reaches to a level of a crime.
Los Angeles Personal Injury Law Firm
Bond & Taylor provides these news updates because we are passionate about helping victims and their families hold those responsible accountable and making our communities safer. We are available to provide legal advice and counseling and can be contacted at 833-266-3534.