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Mother, Daughter, Dog Fatally Struck in West Hills Crosswalk

A daughter, her mother and their dog were all struck and killed by a car in West Hills Monday night, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

They were identified Tuesday by the LA County Coroner's office as Erica Botz, 31, and Pia Botz, 69, of West Hills.

The two women and the dog were fatally struck at 23330 Roscoe Boulevard near Jason Avenue at 8:30 p.m. The women and their black Labrador were in a marked crosswalk when the crash occurred, police said.

Residents said they tried to help the women as soon as the crash occurred.

"I checked her pulse she was not breathing, so I immediately ran to the daughter. We were doing CPR," Devon Cour said.

The Erica died at the scene of the crash, fire officials said. Her mother Pia was in grave condition and taken to the hospital before she died.

The driver of the red Subaru Forester that struck the women and dog remained at the scene, as required by law, police said. The driver was not cited, according to the LAPD.

The driver's wife and daughter were following behind him in a white sedan when the crash occurred. They also pulled over, but were not involved in the collision.

The victims were knocked out of their shoes and items were scattered in the street after the collision.

Police said the posted speed limit was 40 miles per hour. 

Police said the driver was not drunk, and not speeding. They were still attempting to determine if he was distracted. He told police he did not see the women crossing the street.

"He was completely in shock," Cour said. "He was crying, he was so remorseful. He didn’t try to flee the scene."

The crosswalk is what is known as an "uncontrolled crosswalk" -- there are no flashing lights, and no stop signs.

Local residents said street racing, unsafe and erratic driving are common on Roscoe Boulevard.

"There are times when I have to raise my arms to get the attention of the driver," Janice Otis, a resident who lives nearby, said.

Crisis teams were sent to the hospital and crash site for the driver and his family.

LAPD Det. Bill Bustos reminded drivers that the month of April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Fire officials initially identified the women as a 14-year-old and a 70-year-old, but later revealed the women were 30 and 60 years old.

Editor's Note: This story was originally published on Monday, April 11, and has been updated to reflect new information received on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

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