El Monte toddler killed in crash at bus stop identified

EL MONTE — Coroner’s officials have released the name of an 18-month-old El Monte girl killed over the weekend when a pickup truck slammed into a bus stop she was sitting on with her grandmother and 12-year-old uncle.
Hade Sandoval died at a hospital following Saturday’s 2 p.m. crash at the corner of Valley Boulevard and Mountain View Road, coroner’s officials said Wednesday.
Her grandmother, 36, suffered critical injuries in the crash, and her uncle, 12, was hospitalized in stable condition following the crash, according to El Monte police.
The three family members were sitting on a bus stop bench when a 59-year-old El Monte man tried to park his pickup truck behind them in the parking lot of a pharmacy, investigators said.
For reasons that were under investigation, the pickup truck lurched forward, hopping over a curb and dirt embankment before striking the bus bench and coming to rest against a telephone pole, police said. No crime was initially suspected on the part of the driver.
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