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Mother Fatally Struck By Big Rig Driver While Walking Daughter To School

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A mother died and her 9-year-old daughter was injured after they were struck by a big rig while crossing a street in Hollywood.

The tragic crash happened a little before 8 a.m. on Tuesday at the 1300 block of North Bronson Avenue at Fountain Avenue, according to KTLA. It was right in front of Joseph Le Conte Junior High School, where the daughter attends the Citizens of the World Charter School elementary school that shares the same campus.

"The little girl was screaming, she had a bloody eye," witness P.J. Johnson told NBC Los Angeles. "Her mother was unresponsive."

The 49-year-old mother was wounded after she tried to protect her daughter from the oncoming semi-truck. She died at the hospital and her daughter was treated for minor injuries. The identity of of the mother has not been released yet.

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NBC Los Angeles reported that alcohol and mechanical problems weren't an issue with the crash, and the 43-year-old driver (who has not been named) was emotional about the deadly incident. One parent said she felt the intersection was unsafe and needed a traffic signal and crossing guard. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.