Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Police asked residents to donate blood Wednesday to help a 5-year-old boy who was critically injured when he and an 11-year-old girl were struck by a car in a Torrance intersection.

The victims, an 11-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, were in a crosswalk at Newton and Madison streets when they were struck around 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, Torrance police Lt. Mark Underwood said.

The boy suffered major injuries, a Torrance police sergeant said. The girl suffered minor injuries.

According to Underwood, the driver of a Chevrolet Sonic turned eastbound onto Newton Street and struck the children. The driver, who stopped at the scene, was not injured, according to Underwood. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, he said.

The children, whose names were not immediately released, were en route to Walteria Elementary School, where they are both enrolled, Watt said.

Police said type A- and O- blood is needed to help the critically injured boy, who is being treated at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, 1000 W. Carson St. More information on donating blood is available by calling (323) 396-5576.

Anyone with information regarding the accident was asked to call the Torrance Police Department’s Traffic Division at (310) 618-5557.

—City News Service

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