2 Azusa Teens Seriously Injured After Being Struck By Car

AZUSA (CBS) — Two teenagers are in serious condition Tuesday after being sruck by a car in Azusa this morning.

A boy and a girl, both 14, were struck on Baseline Road near Rockvale Avenue in a marked crosswalk about 7:35 a.m.

A helicopter took both to County-USC Medical Center, where they underwent surgery, Azusa police Cpl. Don Manley said.

A local woman driving an eastbound Nissan Maxima reportedly told police the sun was in her eyes, he said.

Police have yet to determine if she broke any traffic laws, Manley said.

The names of the injured students were withheld, but authorities said the boy goes to Azusa High and the girl to Foothill Middle School. Witnesses said the girl appeared to be most seriously hurt.

Maribel Munoz told reporters she saw the students just after the accident, and the “little boy was lying on the ground … on his side. There was blood on his face. He was screaming.”

Another woman said the same crosswalk was the scene of a fatal accident a couple of years ago. In September 2008, an 11-year-old boy on a bicycle was fatally struck there as he rode home from Foothill Middle School.

Manley said school administrators sent notes home with students, telling parents to emphasize safety in crossing streets.

For more pictures from the scene, click on the following link.

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  • drozone69

    Could this be a case of too much urban congestion?

  • Michael J. McDermott

    Whomever decided to create these Jay-walking laws and then dictate to the public, especially children, that “IT’S OK to walk out into moving traffic is COMPLETELY NUTS!”

    Painted lines in the road or not, what happened here today is going to happen again and again until somebody, besides myself, realizes that this Jay-walking concept and these “Killer Crosswalks” all need to be re-thought.

    I’m not talking about “blinking lights in the ground” like Glendale, and I’m especially not talking about cops issuing more Jay-walking tickets.

    The roadway is for cars. People do not belong in the roadway. These poor school kids are literally taught to walk in front of cars and that cars are going to stop to let them cross. This incident should prove to anyone that this is quite often not possible.

    Do you not see a trend here? How many people need to be “mowed down” until you realize this?

    Do a search of my name, “Michael J. McDermott” on this website and see my other comments about other “unfortunate pedestrians” trying to cross the street.

    Would anyone like to get a petition going regarding this issue? Nice idea, don’t you think?

    • Ed Rooney

      Maybe you should get a job, dude.

  • Ed Rooney

    Thin the herd baby, thin the herd.

  • Danrh

    Ed Rooney..You dumb @$$. How can you make a comment like that after 2 kids get struck by a car. We need to trim ignorance like you.. Becareful this can happen to anybody or anybody family member.

  • Michael J. McDermott

    Thanks “Danrh.” And also to Ed Rooney, you may want to check out this link. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/03/30/pedestrian-hit-and-killed-in-west-la-crosswalk/
    Oh and, I have a job. Maybe you should open your eyes instead of your big stupid mouth…….Duuuude!

  • Wendy


    You really should do some research before making an ass of yourself with your assumptions. I was raised in Azusa and frequently visit family there. The “killer crosswalk” these two teens were struck while crossing is accompanied with a typical red light, yellow light, green light traffic signal.
    Video footage of the accident shows papers scattered within and just outside of the sidewalk, followed by what appeared to be a pool of blood and a jacket or backpack several feet away.
    The driver claims the sunrise obscured her vision, which could have been a factor as I recall the sun being a bit of an annoyance when i would walk eastbound on Baseline heading to school every morning when I attended Foothill Middle School. However, a couple of witnesses claim that the woman driving was on her cellphone prior to the accident.
    As mentioned I grew up in Azusa and frequently visit. Driving on Baseline is a constant as it is one of the few main streets and the primary access to the 210.
    Unless those two teens decided to disobey the ctosswalk signal and try and beat the car driving toward them and darted across the street (of which I fail to believe they did as the accident took place around 7:35am…they had more than ample time to get to school on time as both azusa high and foothill middle school were literally on the other side of that crosswalk…so there is no reason to believe they were in a rush), I just don’t umderstand how she could NOT have seen them in time to react and try to avoid them. That section of Baseline is a 4 lane street, with 2 lanes heading east and west. Regardless of the sunrise, she could have swerved in attempt to avoid them…hit the brakes.
    Again…the aerial footage of the accident scene showed NO tire skid marks. None.
    This isn’t a case of careless j-walking teenagers. This is a case of a negligent driver.

  • frank

    Very well said wendy! I could’nt have said it better myself. My heart and prayers go out to the families of the two kids!

  • b.

    As a family member of one of the peolpe involved in this accident. , I find it utterly disrespectful wto. Read this without any of you being personally there. the ones

  • dripable service

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