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Mom Killed by Big Rig 'Heroically' Saved Daughter, School Official Says

The woman was killed while crossing the street near Le Conte Middle School.

A mother and child were injured when a car struck them while they walked to school this morning. Patch file photo.
A mother and child were injured when a car struck them while they walked to school this morning. Patch file photo.

A woman died today at a hospital after being struck by a big rig while crossing a street with her 9-year-old daughter near  Le Conte Middle School in Hollywood.

The girl was also taken to a hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries, said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The pair were in a crosswalk in the 1300 block of Bronson Avenue when they were struck by the southbound truck at about 7:45 a.m., said Officer Wendy Reyes of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations office.

The trucker stopped at the scene. He was questioned by police and released pending further investigation of the accident.

The mother, whose name was not immediately released, was accompanying her daughter to Citizens of the World Charter School, which is on the campus of Le Conte Middle School.

Erica Lepping of the Citizens of the World Charter School said the mother “heroically saved her child.”

“Our school is committed to doing everything we can to help the family and all of our children get through this difficult time,” she said. “We are setting up opportunities for the community to support the family in need, providing crisis counselors to all of our children and working with police and the city to ensure that all measures are taken to enable students and their families to have the safest possible routes to school. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”

Commuters told news crews that morning traffic around the neighborhood was typically congested.

--City News Service


Scott Zwartz February 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Death of innocent people is one result of massive Hollywood corruption. As the parents of children who attend Le Conte know, this intersection is dangerous. This problem is old and the need for a crossing guard has been known for well over a decade. So why no crossing guard? Because Garcetti squandered billions of dollars on his developer buddies in Hollywood, there was never enough money for the residents' needs. Did the construction site on Sunset (origin of this truck?) have to make an accommodation to the surrounding neighborhood to protect residents? Of course not. Send semi-trailers down Bronson at school time. Garcetti and his protege Mitch the B -- found over $1 Million to study the phony Freeway Cap Park, but no money for a crossing guard. The purpose of the Freeway Cap Park is to provide an excuse not to build any park space in Hywd so that Garcetti and Mitchie can have square inch set aside for their developer cronies. There never will be a Freeway Cap Park. Let's remember, Garcetti supported Prop 20 in 2010 which took billions of dollars away from California schools and gave it to his developer friends like the people constructing the high rise on Sunset just a few blocks north of Le Conte. Who has gotten hundreds of millions from Garcetti? CIM Group developer of the Sunset-Gordon high rise. Who got zero dollars for a crossing guard? Le Conte. Who pays the real cost of Garcetti's corruption? Innocent people.
Susan von Seggern February 12, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Don't all schools have crossing guards? They certainly need one there and I would also say they should install speed humps on Bronson. We have them for no reason I can see on Seward and McCadden, for sure where a school is they should have them.
Letty Lopez February 18, 2014 at 06:29 PM
My heart breaks for this family. Especially for this little girl now left without her mother. I know the pain and trauma first hand, and I too saved my child. The only difference was that my life was spared. thank god. Prayers go out to the family and loved ones during this difficult time.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 18, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Oh Letty, that must have been horrific. Prayers to you, too!
Letty Lopez February 18, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Thank You Penny! It was horrible. I am now left with permanent spine injuries. But I take comfort in knowing that I saved my sons life. I will do it all over again for my boy.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 18, 2014 at 06:56 PM
I bet Marleni Barrera would do all over again, too. That's what we moms do.

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