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Motorist who struck twin girls unlikely to face criminal charges

March 14, 2012 |  3:12 pm

Authorities said Wednesday that there is "no indication" criminal charges will be filed against an 82-year-old woman whose car struck and injured twin 11-year-old girls in Studio City.

Investigators said the girls were running through a crosswalk Tuesday about 1:30 p.m. at Moorpark Street and Colfax Avenue despite a red light and a "Do Not Walk" signal when they were struck.

The LAPD Valley Traffic Division issued a statement that said the woman, who was driving a red Toyota Camry, had a green light at the time of the accident.

Reading from that statement, Officer Andrew Cullen said one of the girls suffered a "severe injury" while the other is in stable condition. Both were transported to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and remained there Wednesday.

The sisters, whose names were not released, were identified only as being students at nearby Walter Reed Middle School, which is a block from the intersection where the accident occurred.

Officials at Water Reed said Wednesday that they will review safe walking and crossing with students during PE classes on Friday. Principal Donna Tobin said students were dismissed from school Tuesday just minutes before the accident. 

Tobin said classmates made get-well cards and wrote letters that will be delivered to the twins. She said counselors and a school psychologist also were available to students, and a letter explaining the incident went home to parents Wednesday.

"I think we’re OK," she said. "The students kind of heard that the girls were OK. We needed to relieve them by letting them know that we had spoken with the parents."


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