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Motorist suspected of hitting, killing 2 boys in Los Angeles

Motorist suspected of hitting, killing 2 boys in Los Angeles

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — Two children were hit by a car and killed near Los Angeles, and authorities have arrested the driver in the fatal crash, officials said Wednesday.

The boys were crossing the street in Westlake Village when they were struck Tuesday evening, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. One child died immediately and the other was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a few hours later, officials said.

The children were brothers, ages 9 and 11, Fox 11 News reported. Authorities have not identified them.

Video from the scene shows a scooter in the street, a helmet and rollerblades on a sidewalk near the crash location and a white Mercedes with front-end damage, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Rebecca Grossman, 57, has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, and her bail was set at $2 million, the Times said. It wasn't immediately known if Grossman has an attorney.

Captain Salvador Becerra said detectives believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, and they were investigating the possibility that Grossman might have left the scene.

Sheriff’s officials said that at the time of the crash, six family members were crossing the street in a marked crosswalk when the mother heard a car speeding toward them. Both parents reached out to stop their children, but the two boys were too far into the intersection and were struck by the car, the Times said.

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