RANCHO CUCAMONGA, California (Dec. 9, 2013) – A 9-year-old girl was killed and her 7-year-old brother injured Wednesday when the siblings were struck by the driver of a large pickup truck while crossing East Avenue and Banyan Street, according to news and coroner reports.
According to the Press Enterprise, the two children were walking in a marked crosswalk after leaving Etiwanda Colony Elementary School when the driver of a 2000 Ford F350 pickup truck hit them about 3:04 p.m. The 69-year-old driver reportedly did not see the children as he was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto East Avenue.
The coroner identified the girl as Ashley Gardner. She died shortly after at a San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland about 3:46 p.m. Her brother Landon was treated for moderate injuries.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department has the pedestrian accident under investigation.
“Drivers who are traveling near schools are required under California law to be alert for children and other pedestrians as well as reduce their speeds during hours when children are present,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Additionally, people who drive large trucks have to be even more diligent about watching for pedestrians due to the difficulty of seeing small children while operating these large vehicles.”
A candlelight vigil was placed near the scene of the accident to honor the young girl.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Deputy Robert Baxter or Sgt. Phill Dupper at 909-477-2800 or 909-477-2817.