Two Poly students struck by motorist near high school Tuesday morning

Two Poly High School students were critically injured when they were struck by a motorist near the campus on Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Officers responded to the collision in the area of 15th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, in between California Recreation Park and Poly’s athletic field, at about 6:55 a.m., according to Long Beach police spokeswoman Shaunna Dandoy.

Paramedics arrived at the scene at 7:15 a.m. and transported the 17-year-old and 18-year-old males to local hospitals in serious condition, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jack Crabtree said.

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A preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were crossing the street near 15th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue when they were struck by a vehicle, Dandoy said. Police did not say whether they were in a crosswalk.

Both teens sustained injuries to their upper bodies and were transported in critical but stable condition, she said.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. At this time, drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the incident, Dandoy said.

Long Beach Unified School District spokesman Chris Eftychiou confirmed the victims were students at Poly.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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