Authorities on Friday were searching for the driver of a black Mercedes-Benz and perhaps that of one other vehicle in their investigation of a fatal hit-and-run accident that took the life of a 13-year-old girl on her way to school in Brentwood.
The fatality at Sunset Boulevard and Cliffwood Avenue was reported at 7:20 a.m., said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The victim was apparently trying to get on a school bus when she was struck by at least one car.
KTLA News reports that the driver of the Mercedes might have stopped for a moment, spoke with the victim's mother and left. Another vehicle with possible school-children inside, a black Toyota, might have also been spotted leaving the area.
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Police later confirmed the story of a Mercedes driver stopping to speak with the girl's mother. "The driver of that car, described as a male in a black or gray Mercedes, was making a right turn onto Sunset Boulevard ... when he struck this young girl, and ultimately she was killed,'' Los Angeles Police Department Commander Andrew Smith said.
The girl was identified as Harvard-Westlake Middle School student Julia Siegler. She died at a hospital.
Anyone with information about the case was urged to call the LAPD West Traffic Division at (213) 473-0222.
-With reporting from Weekly wire services. Got news? Email us.