CASA GRANDE — Authorities say two young sisters were injured when struck by a vehicle after they reportedly ran out into a street in the Casa Grande area without looking while walking to a bus stop.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said the girls, ages 6 and 7, had been waiting for a school bus to Mesquite Elementary School Tuesday morning and that witnesses said the girls ran out into the street after a friend yelled that the bus was coming.
PCSO said the 7-year-old was hospitalized in stable condition with injuries not considered life-threatening but that the 6-year-old was in critical condition.
According to PCSO, the vehicle that hit the children was a small sedan driven by a 19-year-old woman transporting her younger brother to school.
The driver remained at the scene and there was no evidence of impairment, PCSO said.
The two children were airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital following the 7 a.m. accident on Arizola Road near Jimmie Kerr Boulevard.
Casa Grande Elementary School District spokesman Mike Cruz said the school bus was not involved and had not arrived at the bus stop at the time of the accident.
Cruz said the school district has called in counselors and support staff to help students, teachers, staff and families. The district will be sending out an official statement to all families about the incident. Tuesday night’s town hall meeting on the school district boundaries has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 5 because of the incident.
Police closed Arizola Road near Jimmie Kerr Boulevard and Earley Road Tuesday morning as part of the investigation.