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Classes canceled at school after 8th-grader is killed in hit-and-run in Brentwood, students say

Classes were canceled Friday at Harvard-Westlake middle school after the hit-and-run death in Brentwood of an eighth-grader, students said.

Julia Siegler, 13, was hit by a silver Mercedes about 7:20 a.m. Friday while crossing Sunset Boulevard near Cliffwood Drive to catch her school bus, police said.

Friends at school called Julia an excellent student, and “pretty much one of the nicest people in our school. Everybody loved her,” said a friend who did not want to be identified.

About 60 students were reportedly on the bus that Julia was trying to catch, and she may have seen the Mercedes approach and tried to run out of the street, witnesses said. She was taken to UCLA Medical Center, where she died.

Investigators were calling the accident a hit-and-run. 

Police said Julia had been crossing the street against a red light to catch a bus when she was hit by the Mercedes, which was turning right on Sunset Boulevard.

The girl's mother pounded on the hood of the car with her fists and screamed, said Cmdr. Andy Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department. A black, four-door "sporty" Toyota made a turn directly after the Mercedes, but police did not know whether it hit the girl.

The Toyota was carrying four passengers, and the driver pulled to the curb and talked with the mother, police said. Both cars left the scene before police arrived. Investigators are asking anyone with information to call (213) 473-0222.

Crisis counselors were working with distressed students at the middle school.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz in Brentwood and Amina Khan

 
Comments () | Archives (7)

It is too easy to blame the mother. The driver(s) hit the kid and killed her. It does not matter that there was a minor violation involved, too. The driver of each car had an obligation to see and avoid pedestrians in all circumstances. That they left merely makes it that much more clear.

Julia, I'm so sorry your life was cut short by this incident I hope you did not suffer. To your family, I'm sorry for your pain. I can think of nothing more painful then to lose a child. Please be strong and maybe something beneficial to humankind can come of this. To the person who did this, please come forward. You only make it worse for yourself and the family. To all, you don't have to personally know a person to feel compassion for them.

God, what kind of animal, hits a little girl, and runs away?
What a senseless loss.
My deepest sympathy to the family.

Julia - you were the brightest person I've ever met. Every day with you was extraordinary, from World Civ just to hanging out. You were an amazing person, and I will never forget you. You will remain in my heart forever.

Love you so much.

Davey

its amazing how not having police in the west side effects a lot of things, the fire dept was very fast on they are less than a 1/2 mile from the accident, the young girl was picked up and was on the way to the hospital before the police was arrived, this is why 2 vehicles involved in the accident left, no police to do anything, wow

this does not excuse the fact they hit a person with their vehicle, pray for the mom

No Police, its amazing how not having police in the west side effects a lot of things, the fire dept was very fast on they are less than a 1/2 mile from the accident, the young girl was picked up and was on the way to the hospital before the police was arrived, this is why 2 vehicles involved in the accident left, no police to do anything, wow

this does not excuse the fact they hit a person with their vehicle, pray for the mom

Our prayers go out for this sweet girl to rest in peace and our hearts surround her family with strength to remember all the wonderful days they spent together.


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