Three teens struck in crosswalk

A La Crescenta man hit three teens in the crosswalk of Pennsylvania Avenue and Foothill Boulevard on Thursday.

By Mary O’Keefe


One of three 13-year-old boys who were struck in a La Crescenta crosswalk last week has had to have brain surgery. At the time of the accident on the afternoon of Feb. 11, the three were transported to the hospital with what were thought to be minor injuries. However, the injuries of one resulted in doctors performing surgery to relieve possible bleeding and pressure. The boy is now home and resting comfortably. He will be back to school in about two weeks, according to his pastor Michael Shaffer. No other injuries were reported.

The three teenagers were struck in the crosswalk at Foothill Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday. The vehicle, driven by a 29-year-old La Crescenta man, was traveling northbound on Pennsylvania at about 3:45 p.m. when the accident occurred.

“The driver appeared to run a red light,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Velasquez.

The vehicle struck the teens then struck another car that was traveling eastbound on Foothill Boulevard. That impact forced the La Crescenta man’s car into the westbound lanes facing the wrong way.

The driver allegedly told officers that he had fallen asleep while driving. He woke up after the second collision, according to Officer Ming- Yang hsu.