3 children, 2 adults struck by car outside Los Angeles elementary school

Two adults and three children where injured Friday morning when they were struck by a vehicle as they walked to school in Highland Park. The accident happened at 8:12 a.m. in a crosswalk at the intersection of N. Avenue 57 and Meridian Street, near Yorkdale Elementary School, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. A 52-year-old grandmother, a 32-year-old woman and three children were crossing the street when an 87-year-old male driver hit them with his SUV. Witnesses reported hearing the driver say he accidentally hit the gas instead on the brake. The grandmother and a 10-year-old girl were critically injured, while the other woman and her two sons suffered non-life threatening injuries. All five patients were transported to a local hospital, according to Erick Scott of the LAFD. “All five patients are related,” he added. The driver, who had a valid driver’s license, was not injured. Crisis counselors have been sent to the elementary school.