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87-Year-Old Driver Crashes Into Family Of 5 In Highland Park

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An 87-year-old man drove through a stop sign today in Highland Park and crashed into two adults and three children.

The incident occurred around 8:15 a.m. near Yorkdale Elementary School on the 900 block of North Avenue 57, according to KTLA.

The family, including a 52-year-old grandmother, a 32-year-old mother, and three children between the ages of 7 and 10 12, were hit by the driver's Dodge Durango, reported the Los Angeles Times and KABC. Two of the family members—the grandmother one of the children—are critically injured, and the others suffered minor injuries.

A resident told NBC Los Angeles the driver said he couldn't brake because his foot "got stuck."

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UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: City News Service has confirmed the ages and relationship of the family members. The 32-year-old woman is the daughter of the grandmother, and her two sons are 7 and 9. The 10-year-old girl, who is the cousin of the children, is in critical condition. The three children are believed to be students at the elementary school.

The driver has been identified as Luis Carbajal and was reported as cooperating with police officers after the crash. LAPD spokesman Richard French told City News Service that he wasn't sure if Carbajal would be arrested. "But at the very least I expect he will be cited for running the stop sign," he said.

Wilson Caraman told NBC Los Angeles, "He stopped in the middle of the street and he was just devastated."