A 3-year-old girl was killed when a small SUV crashed into a bus bench where her family was waiting in Orange on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The girl's father was left in critical condition after the 3:30 p.m. collision.
The crash happened at East Taft Avenue and North Tustin Street (map), according Orange police Sgt. Fred Lopez.
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The driver of the SUV, which was traveling southbound on Tustin Street, said he swerved to avoid hitting a car that cut him off, passing into northbound lanes, where he swerved again to avoid oncoming traffic, Lopez said.
"He drove his vehicle onto the curb, strking a bus bench," Lopez said. "Unfortunately, when he struck the bus bench, there was a mother, father and their 3-year-old daughter, who was in a stroller."
The Orange Fire Department responded, taking the father and daughter to a local hospital, where the young girl was pronounced dead on arrival. The father was placed in a medical induced coma but is expected to survive, Lopez said.
The mother was uninjured.
The driver of the vehicle, a white Kia Soul, was a 29-year-old man who was traveling with his 5-year-old son. Neither were injured, Lopez said.
The driver was cooperating with authorities and had not been charged with anything, Lopez said. He submitted to a blood test.
Authorities do not think alcohol was a factor, Lopez said.
Investigators are expected to be on scene into early Sunday.