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By Larry Altman, Daily Breeze
POSTED: 05/05/17, 6:26 PM PDT | UPDATED: 4 HRS AGO
A 13-year-old girl on a bicycle was struck by an MTA bus and killed Friday in south Redondo Beach.
The crash occurred about 5:40 p.m. on Pacific Coast Highway and Knob Hill Avenue, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said.
The girl, reportedly a student at nearby Parras Middle School, was pronounced dead at the scene. A friend she was riding with was not injured, police said.
Police said the girl was traveling east on Knob Hill Avenue to cross PCH and that she somehow rolled out into the street when the bus was traveling south in the lane closest to the curb on PCH.
The girl may have rolled out into the street and made a small circle to come back to the curb, Freeman said. Police are not sure yet whether she was hit by the front or the side of the bus.
The collision occurred at an intersection with many witnesses, including employees of an Exer Urgent Care facility who came out to help the girl, but there was nothing they could do to save her, Freeman said.
Police took statements from the bus driver, who stopped after the collision, as well as several passengers.
They believe the bus was traveling at a safe speed, Freeman said.
“There’s no reason to believe this is anything other than a tragic accident,” Freeman said.
The Daily Breeze obtained the name of the victim from a friend at the scene, but police would not confirm it.
The friend, Alisa Iwai, 12, identified her as a classmate at Parras Middle School.
Alisa said when she heard about the accident on the news, she suspected it might be her friend because she knew the girl liked to ride bikes.
“I saw her bike and recognized it from Snapchat,” Alisa said. “I was so shocked.”
She said she has known the girl for two years and they both were in the same physical education class.
“She was really nice. She did tennis, she would always talk to me about her life,” Alisa said. “We were really good friends. Our lockers were right next to each other.
“I can’t believe this happened,” she said. “I don’t know what to do. I didn’t get to say goodbye to her.”
The girl’s crumpled bike could be seen on the northwest corner of the intersection. PCH at Knob Hill Avenue, Topaz Street and Avenue A, and Knob Hill Avenue at Elvira and Gertruda avenues were expected to be closed for hours while police investigate.
Metro spokesman Rick Jager said the bus, traveling the 232 route — which runs between LAX and Long Beach — was operated not by Metro, but a contractor, MV Transportation.
Jager said initial reports indicated the girl rode her bike into the side of the bus.
In February 2015, a LADOT bus operated by MV Transportation struck an elderly Torrance couple, Allen and Lynn Shall, while they were crossing Avenue I just east of Catalina Avenue in the Riviera Village. Allen was killed and Lynn was severely injured.
MV Transportation, LADOT and the bus driver, Mitchell Curtis Floyd, were named in a wrongful death lawsuit Lynn Shall filed in December 2015 that was later settled. Floyd later pleaded no contest to a single misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence.
Staff Writer Megan Barnes contributed to this report.