Authorities on Friday were searching for the driver of a silver 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 headed to Harvard Westlake School when she was struck by at least one car.
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.
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 silver 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 local hospital.
Anyone with information about the case was urged to call the LAPD West Traffic Division at (213) 473-0222.