Every day, people from California to New York and everywhere in between walk on local roadways. While most are able to stay safe while doing so, some are not as lucky.
Recently, three students were struck by a runaway vehicle in North Hollywood. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon, three girls were walking from a physical education class back to school when a 48-year-old man failed to stop at the end of a freeway off ramp. As a result, all three of the girls were struck by the vehicle.
A parent of a child who attends the same school said, "It's been a shock. It really struck home and it's a very close community and they're very concerned. It's been difficult for everyone."
The man driving the vehicle told the California Highway Patrol that his brakes failed, making it impossible for him to stop at the light at the bottom of the ramp.
At this time, all three of the students remain in the hospital, with one of the girls in critical condition. While two girls have broken bones and are expected to go home in the coming week, the third is on life support as she is unable to breathe on her own.
This type of accident can happen at any time, regardless of location. The California Highway Patrol continues to investigate, hoping to take a closer look at the vehicle, which was a rental, to determine if the car's brakes failed or if there was another reason why the man did not stop at the traffic light.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, "School Stunned After Girls Injured in Car Crash" Kim Baldonado, Jun. 05, 2014