The driver of a truck that fatally struck two young girls walking to school in the Exposition Park area pleaded not guilty Friday to two misdemeanor counts stemming from the collision.
Stanley Bernard Randle, 32, was charged in May with two counts of vehicular manslaughter in connection with the deaths of Marlene Lorenzo, 14, and her 12-year-old sister, Amy.
Police said the girls were crossing a street on a green light near 37th Street and Broadway about 8 a.m. April 4 when they were struck by a big rig.
The girls were on their way to nearby Clinton Middle School.
Marlene died that day. Amy was hospitalized with severe injuries, and police announced April 22 that she also died.
At least one witness said the truck driver was looking down when he struck the girls, a suggestion he might have been looking at a cell phone, but the driver was not arrested nor cited at the time. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said.
Police said at the time there was no indication the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled Oct. 16 for Randle.
He faces up to two years in county jail if convicted, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
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