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Motorist strikes family in South Gate crosswalk; boy killed, 3 others injured [Updated]

August 23, 2009 | 11:22 am

Ricardo Mercado, 10, was killed August 22 when he was struck in a crosswalk in South Gate. Credit: Family photo A 10-year-old boy was killed and his mother and two sisters injured when a motorist in an SUV struck the family in a crosswalk in South Gate’s shopping district, police said today.

The family members were crossing Tweedy Boulevard at 11:24 a.m. Saturday near San Vincente Avenue when they were hit by a Volkswagen SUV attempting to turn from San Vincente onto Tweedy, said Sgt. Tim Williams of South Gate Police.

The busy shopping area where the accident occurred is known as “the Tweedy Mile,” he said.

“The driver apparently didn’t see them in the crosswalk,” Williams said.

Ricardo Mercado, 10, of South Gate, was killed. His mother, Ana Mercado, 35, and two sisters, ages 6 and 12, were taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Williams said. Mercado was treated for a fractured leg, the 6-year-old for fractures and the 12-year-old for abrasions, Williams said.

Williams said there was no sign the driver attempted to stop before striking he family. At least one witness said the driver was talking on a cellphone at the time of the crash, Williams said.

The driver of the SUV has not been charged in connection with the crash, but police are continuing their investigation. The driver’s name was not released.

[Updated at 6:37 p.m. Monday: The Police Officers’ Assn. of South Gate has created a trust fund to assist the Mercado family. Checks may be dropped off at the police department front desk or mailed to South Gate Police Officers’ Assn. Mercado Family Trust Fund, 8620 California Ave., South Gate, CA, 90280.]

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Ricardo Mercado, 10, pictured in a photo provided by his family