UPDATED: Car Strikes Three Teens on Bikes in North Hollywood

The driver says the car's brakes failed. Investigators are going to check the car's black box.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Originally posted at 2:25 p.m. June 4, 2014. Edited with new details.

Three teenage girls were injured, one critically, when they were struck by a Toyota Prius in North Hollywood today.

The girls were struck around 1:35 p.m. at the Magnolia Boulevard offramp from the southbound Hollywood (170) Freeway, according to Los Angeles police Officer Rosario Herrera.

Herrera said the driver of the Prius had just exited the freeway, but lost control of the car, which hit two other vehicles before striking the girls, who were apparently on a sidewalk. The girls were believed to be students at a nearby school, possibly Oakwood Secondary School.

One girl was critically injured, and the conditions of the others was listed as serious to critical. ABC7 reported the girls are 14 years old.

The driver of the Prius, who lives in Valley Village, was also taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Officer Leland Tang of the California Highway Patrol said that the 48- year-old driver was at the hospital and was also being interviewed. He said that the Prius has a black box and investigators would be able to download information about what happened to determine if the brakes failed.

"We're not going to hang this on his word," Tang said. "We'll take the car apart and look at everything."

--City News Service


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