Two children killed when LA sheriff's vehicle hits pedestrians

Lawrence Kim
November 19, 2017

"The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is working to provide the Los Angeles Police Department's Multi-Discipline Collision Investigation Team with any information it needs or requests during the course of its investigation".

A witness says a Los Angeles County sheriff's vehicle wasn't using its sirens or lights before it crashed with another auto, jumped a curb and killed two small boys.

Two children were killed when they were accidentally struck by a Los Angeles County sheriff's vehicle Thursday evening, authorities said.

"The second auto struck a third vehicle, causing injury to two additional adult pedestrians in the crosswalk", the LAPD said in a statement.

The boys, ages 7 and 9, were walking on the sidewalk with their mother when they were hit by a Sheriff's cruiser going through the intersection with lights flashing but no siren. The boys were identified by family members as Jose Luis Hernandez and his older brother Marco Hernandez.

Friends of the family told Patel that the boys' mother is still in the hospital with serious injuries. The second auto struck a third vehicle, causing injuries to two adult pedestrians in a crosswalk. One boy died at the scene and the other died at a hospital, he said. In addition to the two boys who were killed, three other pedestrians, including the boy's mother, were injured in the accident.

After the initial crash, one of the vehicles that collided with the deputies was propelled into another vehicle.

The crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles as deputies were responding to a report of a gunshot victim.

"You're supposed to turn on your lights, sirens, and check before taking off", said Hector Lopez, who had heard the crash.

No identities have been released.

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