LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A boy was fatally struck by a car while walking to middle school in South Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday.

The 12-year-old boy was pronounced dead at Woodlawn and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Immediately following the crash, which happened at about 7:30 a.m., authorities said boy was beyond medical help despite efforts from bystanders and firefighter-paramedics.

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Police at the scene say the driver was turning left from Woodlawn onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when the the collision happened. The driver stayed at the scene and was cooperating with the investigation.

LAPD Detective Supervisor Moses Castillo said the crash was a reminder that hurrying can sometimes be deadly.

“You’d rather lose a minute of your life than to lose your life in a minute, so please slow down today,” he said.

It’s not clear if slick roads from Tuesday’s storm contributed to the crash.

Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was shut down for the investigation.

It’s not clear which school the student was on his way to, and investigators are also looking for video of or witnesses to the crash.

Comments (2)
  1. Trevor Frith says:

    Could not stop in time. 19 pedestrians and cyclists will die today and every day in car-pedestrian/cyclist crashes mostly because of the flaws and inefficiencies of the ‘Killer’ right foot braking method which we are all forced to use when braking an electric or automatic vehicle, (poor reaction time and stopping distance – If this driver would have been ALLOWED to apply the brakes ¾ of a second sooner and stopped 40 – 60 feet shorter, would there have been a crash?) There is no scientific justification for the right foot braking method other than ’that’s the way it’s always been taught’! NHTSA and CALIFORNIA GHSA studied this issue and concluded that female drivers have the biggest problem with this braking method (and male drivers if they would admit it). But instead of continuing to blame female drivers why are they not looking for a solution by testing this braking method against the much safer, easier to learn and retain with age, Left Foot Braking Method? Perhaps ME TOO is not the only victim of a male systemic belief. Note: Simply using your left foot to brake is NOT, repeat NOT the Left Foot Braking Method.

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