Ricardo Mercado, 10, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after he was struck by an SUV while walking in a crosswalk with his family, the Los Angeles Times reports. Ricardo was crossing Tweedy Boulevard at San Vincente Avenue in South Gate the morning of August 22, 2009 with his mother, Ana Mercado, 35, and two sisters, Anita, 12 and Leticia, 6, when a woman driving a Volkswagen SUV made a left turn from San Vincente onto Tweedy and struck the family. Eyewitnesses told police that the female driver of the SUV was talking on a cell phone right before the fatal accident occurred.
South Gate police say there was no indication that the motorist made an attempt to stop before the collision. It was also not clear how fast she was going at the time. Ana Mercado, as well as her daughters, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.