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2 Azusa teens walking to school struck by car

March 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two Azusa teens were airlifted to a hospital in serious condition Tuesday after being struck by a car while they were walking to school.

It was rush hour when the two students, both 14 years old, stepped into the crosswalk at Rockvale Avenue and 1st Street. They were less than a block away from their schools when they were struck at about 7:35 a.m.

"I just saw the little boy lying on the ground, his shoes were off in the corner," said Azusa resident Maribel Munoz, who happened to drive by just after the accident. "He had blood on his face; he was screaming. And then there was a little girl laying on the ground off to the sidewalk, just still."

The students were undergoing surgery Tuesday afternoon.

A brother of one of the victims said his sister was on her way to Foothill Middle School when she was hit. The other student, Luis Flores, attends Azusa High School.

Concerned parents say more crossing guards are needed to supervise students as they walk to and from school. One said the accident is not the first time something has happened at the intersection.

At the end of the school day Tuesday, school administrators were keeping an eye out as students crossed the same intersection where only hours earlier two of their classmates were seriously injured.

Authorities said the sun may have prevented the driver from seeing the children.