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Police search for 2 cars after 13-year-old girl fatally hit in Brentwood

February 26, 2010 | 12:11 pm

Police searched Friday for two cars after a 13-year-old Harvard-Westlake School student was struck and killed in Brentwood while crossing the street on her way to school.

The girl was taken to UCLA Medical Center, where she died. Investigators were calling the accident a hit-and-run.

The girl was accompanied by her mother as she crossed Sunset Boulevard about 7:20 a.m., heading south near Cliffwood Drive, said Cmdr. Andy Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said the girl had been crossing the street against a red light to catch a bus.

She was struck by a gray late-model two-door SLK Mercedes-Benz turning right on Sunset Boulevard. The girl's mother pounded on the hood of the car with her fists and screamed, Smith said.

A black, four-door "sporty" Toyota made a turn directly after the Mercedes, but police did not know if 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 Friday with distressed students at the middle school.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz in Brentwood