Two Livingston teens injured in collision

Sun-Star Staff ReportsFebruary 9, 2014 

— Two teenagers were injured last week after they were apparently struck by a vehicle while walking on Main Street, the Livingston Police Department reported.

Two girls, ages 15 and 16, were injured just before 6 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Main Street, police said in a news release.

The 15-year-old girl was flown to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento with unspecified “serious” injuries and the other girl was taken to an area hospital, Chief Ruben Chavez said. Updates on their conditions were not available over the weekend.

The vehicle’s driver, 49-year-old Conrad Avila, was being questioned in connection with the accident, said police, who gave speed as the likely primary cause.

No arrests or citations had been issued as of Saturday. Neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to have been a factor, police said.

Responding officers discovered one of the girls lying on the ground bleeding and the other on a nearby sidewalk, bleeding from her face. The vehicle was blocking the road, police said, and its windshield appeared smashed in.

How the accident occurred is still under investigation.

Both girls were in the road when they were struck and police believe they were in a crosswalk, Chavez said, although investigators received conflicting accounts at the scene.

“Obviously, when it’s raining and dark motorists need to slow down and be careful, and pedestrians also need to take precautions as well,” Chavez said. “Just because you may be in a crosswalk doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe to cross the street at that time.”

The road was closed for about 45 minutes while police investigated the scene.

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