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Mother Killed, 6-Year-Old Girl Hospitalized in Crash Near Mid-Wilshire School

The woman and 6-year-old girl were struck by the pickup before it crashed into a two-story apartment in LA's Mid-Wilshire area near an elementary school.

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A woman was killed and her 6-year-old daughter was hospitalized after they were struck by a pickup that crashed into an apartment building Tuesday morning near a school in Los Angeles' Mid-Wilshire area.

The crash was reported in the 6000 block of Colgate Avenue near Hancock Park Elementary School. Los Angeles police responded to the scene at about 8 a.m. The victims were a mother and her daughter, a first grade student at the school, police said.

They were walking to school in the crosswalk when they were struck, witnesses said.

The pickup struck the woman in her 30s and girl, approximately 6 years old, who were walking near a curve in the road before it collided with the two-story apartment. The woman died at the scene. The girl was hospitalized in critical condition.

The pickup was southbound on Ogden Drive when it crashed. The victims' belongings were scattered in the street.

The pickup driver, identified only as a man in his 30s, was hospitalized with moderate injuries.


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"Speed of the truck, possible intoxication and motive are all elements of this ongoing investigation into this tragedy," the LAPD said in a tweet.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore told the city Police Commission Tuesday morning there are "early signs that the man was impaired.''

"That is a contributing factor to this horrific collision that resulted in the loss of this mother, and the critical injuries to this young child,'' Moore said.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Alberto Carvahlo issued a statement and expressed condolences.

LAUSD Board of Education member Nick Melvoin said in a statement, "Our hearts are broken over the death of a Hancock Park Elementary parent in a brazen traffic accident this morning -- and our prayers are with her daughter who remains in the hospital. We are sending support to the school and will continue to ensure mental health and counseling services are available to anyone in need.''

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