SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA) — A crossing guard has been killed on the job in Simi Valley.
It happened Tuesday afternoon on the corner of Socrates and Los Angeles avenues.
Police had the area blocked off as they investigated.
Three vehicles were part of the collision — a Chevy Malibu, Chevy Cruz and a Kia Soul. The Cruz was the vehicle that struck the crossing guard before ending up on the front lawn of a home.
“The crossing guard was actually standing on the curb adjacent to the stoplight when she was struck,” Sargent Steve Shorts, Simi Valley Police Department, said. “She was not assisting any pedestrians on the roadway.”
It happened just before 2 p.m.
Police say the victim, a 62-year-old Simi Valley resident, was critically injured. She was taken to a local trauma hospital where she died of her injuries shortly after.
Students at the nearby Arroyo Elementary School get out at 2:10 p.m. so fortunately there weren’t many children there and there weren’t as many people that could have been there during the accident.
Police say the guard has been working for the city since 2009. She had taken a break in 2017 and had just recently come back to her duties.
Police say it isn’t her usual post. She was covering for someone Tuesday when she was killed.
“It was just a really sad feeling,” said neighbor Victor Russell. “So close to our house.”
The next of kin were being notified so they aren’t releasing her identity.
Police were in the process of figuring out how the three vehicles got into the positions they got in.
Police say the three vehicles have collision damage and all the drivers are cooperating with the investigation. They were not injured.