PALMDALE – A 13-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were injured Saturday night when they were hit by a car while crossing a street in Palmdale, authorities said.
The collision happened around 7:35 p.m. Saturday on Avenue R at 55th Street East, the same intersection where an 18-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed by a school bus in March.
In Saturday’s incident, three pedestrians (whose names were withheld because they are minors) were crossing south in a marked crosswalk on Avenue R, on the western side of the intersection, according to Detective Jeff Perkins of the Palmdale Sheriff Station.
The youngsters had almost completely crossed the street when two of them were struck by a 1999 Chevy Corvette, Perkins stated.
The 14-year-old Palmdale boy suffered major trauma and was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles in critical condition. The 13-year-old girl, a Panorama City resident, was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center with a laceration to her right leg.
The Corvette’s driver, 55-year-old Rita Stillman of Palmdale, was not injured in the collision.
The incident remains under investigation by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Traffic Detail.
The crash site is the same intersection where 18-year-old Michael Valenzuela was struck and killed on March 25.
Valenzuela was riding his bicycle southbound on 55th Street East, on his way to soccer practice, when he was struck by school bus filled with students that was traveling westbound on Avenue R. Valenzuela died a short time later at the hospital.
That collision prompted the Palmdale Youth Soccer League to petition the city of Palmdale to install a traffic light at the deadly intersection.
At the time, city officials said a plan was already in the works to install a traffic light, and the project should be completed in the spring of 2014.
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Editor’s note: As of Saturday night, the boy was in critical condition. However, we were unable to get the status of his condition Sunday morning. We will update this story with information as it becomes available. If you are a family member and are aware of the 14-year-old’s condition, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!