VICTORVILLE (CBS) — Three brothers had to be airlifted to a hospital Tuesday after being struck by a car while crossing a Victorville street in a crosswalk.

The boys were on their way to school when they were struck in a crosswalk at La Mesa and Sundown roads. Two of the boys, ages 6 and 13, were released from Loma Linda University Medical Center, but their 10-year-old brother suffered a serious head injury and will remain hospitalized.

The driver, who is not facing charges in the crash, told police he didn’t see the kids.

“It was inevitable,” Victorville parent Mya Raggio said. “It was only a matter of time, and today was the day that that nightmare call came for a parent.”

Raggio says she and her son have nearly been struck four times just trying to make it through the same crosswalk. The crosswalk is across La Mesa Road, in a school zone, where cars whiz by at well over the posted 25 miles per hour limit during school hours.

“God forbid somebody else has to get hit for Victorville to do something,” parent Ruby Portillo said. She uses the same crosswalk to walk her daughter to school every morning.

“Somebody has to do something with this crosswalk,” she said.

Victorville Elementary School District officials say they will be meeting with the city and police department to hash out ways to make that crosswalk safer for children.


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