Two El Sereno students hit by car outside elementary school; parents concerned about safety

Crash took place near Topaz and Pyrites streets


EL SERENO — Some parents at Huntington Drive Elementary School are angry about the lack of crossing guards after two students were hit by a car while crossing an intersection near the school Monday morning.

The collision happened at about 7:55 a.m. when two students and an adult were crossing at Topaz and Pyrites streets, according to police.

The driver was making a turn at the intersection when he struck the two children and nearly hit an adult, who put his hand on the hood of the man’s car, said Detective Juan Campos with the LAPD’s Central Traffic Division.

The students, a 10-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, were transported to a hospital after they complained of leg and neck pain. They were in stable condition and were to be released on Monday, Campos said.

The driver was not dropping anybody off at the school at the time of the collision, Campos said. Officers at the scene determined the driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Parents of students at Huntington Drive Elementary took to Facebook to express their anger and concern over the lack of crossing guards and speeding near the school.

There is a tunnel and a crossing guard on Huntington Drive that helps children reach the front entrance of the school on Topaz Street safely. But according to a school employee, there is no crossing guard at the intersection where the accident happened.

Parents were notified of the crash in a letter from Principal Lupe Hernandez that was sent home with students on Monday. In the letter, Hernandez said that the LAUSD’s Crisis Intervention Team will be available to help students who may be experiencing anxiety after witnessing the accident.

“I would like to reassure parents and guardians that the school and district will take every precaution to ensure the safety of students and staff at our schools,” Hernandez said.

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  1. So many times I am about to make a right turn at an intersection, I look to my right then to my left to see if other cars are coming, I see I have time and without looking right start to make my turn only to find a pedestrian about to step off the curb. Frightening moment for all of us.
    Parents need to teach their children the importance that a crosswalk is not a force field. Not a magical barrier that will keep them safe from harm. I certainly don’t want to hit anyone and I’m sure they don’t want to get hit. Make eye contact with the driver. Make sure he sees you. I know its our fault a drivers, our responsibility.. etc. but teach your kids. There only job as pedestrians is ..not to get hit by a car!

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