Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A 17-year-old student was struck by a city- operated semi-truck near his Highland Park school this morning and died at the scene, Los Angeles police reported.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the student had been walking to or from his school. He may have been walking away from the school due to the campus closure as part of the Los Angeles school district complete shutdown in the wake of a bomb threat.

Andres Perez, a student at Los Angeles International Charter High School, was killed about 7:30 a.m. at Figueroa Street and Avenue 60, according to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division.

The driver, who remained at the scene and was interviewed by police, was turning left onto Figueroa Street when the truck hit the teen, police said. The boy was either walking to or from the school.

The accident occurred amid the unprecedented closure of the Los Angeles Unified’s roughly 900 campuses due to a threat received electronically by the nation’s second-largest school district.

— Staff and wire reports


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