LOS ANGELES A sheriff's department vehicle was involved Thursday night in a vehicle-versus-pedestrian collision that killed at least one person and injured several others in Boyle Heights, authorities said.
One of the children was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while the other died after being transported to a hospital.
A witness has claimed the deputies did not have their lights and sirens turned on, according to KTLA.
"The force of the collision caused the deputy's patrol vehicle to run off the roadway and hit three pedestrians, a mother and her two children", the Los Angeles Police Department, which is conducting an investigation, said in a statement. The second auto struck a third vehicle, causing injuries to two adult pedestrians in a crosswalk.
FOX40 sister station KTLA reports Jose Luis Hernandez, 7, and his 9-year-old brother Marco Antonio Hernandez were both killed as a result of the impact, and their mother remained in critical condition, the Los Angeles Police Department said Friday.
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"I got the call and I didn't believe it", the victims' older brother Luis Hernandez told the LA Times, as he lit a candle at memorial at the crash site on Friday. Their mother was critically injured. They were taken to a hospital for treatment, as were two sheriff's deputies.
Leticia Ramirez, 15, died at a hospital Thursday night after she was struck by a sheriff's patrol vehicle in Riverside County.
Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Alfonso Lopez says the Sheriff's Department SUV collided with the other vehicles and then struck five pedestrians on a sidewalk at Whittier Boulevard and Indiana Street.
No identities have been released.