LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s patrol vehicle heading to an emergency call crashed with another car and then ran onto a sidewalk, killing two small boys and critically injuring their mother, authorities said Friday.
The force of the collision caused the patrol vehicle to hit two little boys and their mother on a sidewalk, CBS Los Angeles reports. The second car struck a third vehicle, causing injuries to two adult pedestrians in a crosswalk.
The mom was critically injured, and her two sons, ages 7 and 9, suffered fatal injuries, said LAPD spokesman Officer Tony Kuey. One boy died at the scene and the other died at a hospital, he said.
The sheriff’s department confirmed to CBS Los Angeles that the deputy driving the car was a trainee. The call was a Code 3, which means lights and sirens should have been on. Video shows that lights were on but it’s unclear if sirens were. A witness says nobody had enough warning to get out of the way because the lights went on just before crash and she claims that sirens were not on.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and all those affected by this tragic accident,” a sheriff’s department statement said. The agency said it is cooperating with a city police investigation.
Los Angeles police Capt. Alfonso Lopez said officers were responding to a report of a gunshot victim.
A witness, Julie Valle, said the SUV was speeding and didn’t activate its lights until it reached the intersection, just before it collided with another car, ran off the road and hit the woman and her two boys.
“They turned the lights on at that moment, a split-second, not enough time for anybody to get out of the way because they were going so fast,” she said at a news conference Friday.
Valle said she rushed toward the crash and saw an injured woman.
“She was trying to get up,” Valle said. “I told her, ‘Don’t move, you were just involved in a car accident.'”
Valle also said she saw the boys.
“All I see is little…