January 23, 2015- Two young girls were struck by a car, in Tulare County, on Friday. The automobile accident occurred in Porterville while the children were crossing the street, at about 7:30 PM.
The girls, ages 14 and 11, were walking south in a crosswalk across the intersection of Park Street and Date Avenue. A 2014 Dodge Dart, driven by Celestino Torres, 23 years of Poplar, was headed eastbound on Date Avenue.
Officers reported that he was driving at an unsafe speed as he approached the intersection. Torres attempted to stop in time, but was unable to avoid hitting the two girls.
Both pedestrians suffered major injuries and were taken to Community Regional Medical Center, in Fresno, and Kaweah Delta Medical Center, in Visalia.
The California Highway Patrol has the collision under investigation.