2 Dead, 2 Injured After Vehicle Plows Into Bus Bench In Riverside

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A woman and young girl were killed and two others critically injured Friday after a vehicle crashed into a bus bench in Riverside.

The Riverside Police Department responded to a call around 1 p.m. of a crash at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Tyler Street.

According to authorities, a 2013 Kia sedan had lost control and hit four pedestrians waiting at a Riverside Transit Authority bus stop.

Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified as a 28-year-old woman from Riverside and a 7-year-old girl from Corona.

“People were all surrounded and I looked over and noticed there were legs moving and wasn’t sure how many other people were underneath the car,” said Heather Heinige, who witnessed the accident.

The two surviving victims, identified as a 30-year-old woman from Corona and 31-year-old man from Riverside, were transported to Riverside Community Hospital with serious injuries.

Officials report that both have undergone surgery and are in stable condition but still critical.

The two victims at the hospital were reportedly related to the girl who died.

According to early reports, the Kia was traveling westbound on Magnolia Avenue when the driver swerved across three lanes of traffic, went up on the sidewalk, struck a light pole and hit the victims.

The driver of the Kia, identified by authorities as a 45-year-old resident of Riverside, was treated at the scene for minor injuries before being taken to the police station for questioning. As of Friday night, no arrest had been made.

The cause of the accident is unknown. Investigators said they don’t believe the driver was under the influence, speeding or using a cell phone prior to losing control of the car.

“I know that he was incredibly cooperative. He remained at the scene, he cooperated with officers, while he was being detained he did go willfully with investigators to the station to be interviewed,” said Officer Ryan Galbreath of the Riverside Police Department.

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