A small memorial was growing at the East Los Angeles intersection where two children died and three other people were hurt Thursday in a multi-vehicle crash involving a sheriff's deputy.
The accident was reported about 7:30 p.m. in the 800 block of South Indiana Street.
The crash happened when a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy patrol car responding to an emergency gunshot victim crashed with other vehicles, officials said. The five victims struck in the crash were all pedestrains, according to Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Two boys, 7-year-old and 9-year-old, were killed, and their mother was critically injured.
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"They're going to conduct a full-scale investigation where they'll do a speed assesment," Captain Alfonso Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department said.
One child died at the scene and the other four victims were transported to a hospital, where the other youth died.
"It could happen at any time," witness Carmen Rodriguez said. "They're the law enforcement; they should be more cautious of how they're driving."
Although the deputies were unharmed in the crash, they were taken to a local hospital to be evaluated.
The other drivers of the two vehicles involved did not sustain any injuries and stayed on the scene. They are reportedly cooperating with investigators.
The LAPD, Multi-Discipline Collision Investigation Team is handling the investigation.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contanct the East Los Angeles Sheriff's Station at 323-264-4151.