WHITTIER – A teenage girl who was struck by a car while crossing Imperial Highway near Whittier late Friday has died from her injuries, authorities said Saturday.
Samantha Sandoval, 16, of La Mirada died at the hospital shortly after the crash, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Joe Bale said.
On Saturday, about three dozen young people gathered at the scene of the crash around a memorial of candles, pictures, flowers and balloons.
Jessica Mendiola, 16, of La Mirada said Sandoval was a close friend, and they both attended El Camino High School.
“She was an intelligent, young, beautiful lady who I looked up to,” Mendiola said. “She worried about everyone else before herself,” she added through tears.
Family members could not be reached for comment Saturday.
Sandoval was crossing north across Imperial Highway at Burgess Street in an unincorporated county area near Whittier when she was struck by a tan 1993 Toyota sedan that was driving west on Imperial Highway at about 35 mph, CHP officials said in a written statement.
The driver of the sedan, a 74-year-old North Hollywood woman, apparently did not see the pedestrian, according to the CHP statement.
The intersection where Sandoval was struck is not regulated by a crosswalk or traffic signal.
Sandoval suffered major head trauma and was rushed to Whittier Hospital Medical Center, officials said, where she was pronounced dead.
Mendiola said her friend, a junior in high school, planned on attending college and had a bright future ahead.
“She had a scholarship already,” Mendiola said.
“She liked to to art a lot,” she said. “Her favorite thing was music. She played the guitar. She wanted to be in a band. She wanted to travel the world.”
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Santa Fe Springs office of the CHP.