Counselors at school after girl killed

GLENDALE, Calif. Officials say a driver in a SUV struck and killed 11-year-old Meri Nalbandian Wednesday morning.

Police say her mother had just dropped her off across the street from the school, and she was walking in the crosswalk when a driver, traveling about 10 miles an hour, hit her. Witnesses said the crosswalk lights were flashing at the time.

"Didn't slow down or anything. She just ran right over her," said eyewitness Brian Contreras.

Officers said the driver was blinded by the sun and that it was an accident.

"The lights in the pavement for pedestrian traffic were flashing. There were other children crossing," said Dr. Linda Junge, Glendale Unified School District spokesperson. "I know that there were other motorists from the other direction who did yield and stop, so yes, there were indicators that there was a pedestrian, that there was a child in the crosswalk."

Nalbondian had been a student at Columbus Elementary School until last spring and then she transferred to Toll Middle School. She had just completed the first month of school.

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