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2 children are critically injured

October 19, 2009|Corina Knoll

A traffic collision caused by three men in a stolen vehicle Saturday left a 6-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy in critical condition, authorities said.

After failing to stop at a drunk-driving checkpoint at Artesia Boulevard and Obispo Avenue in Long Beach, three men in a sport utility vehicle drove east on Artesia about 12:25 a.m. and caused a three-car accident near Lakewood Boulevard, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies. The men fled on foot, but were later arrested. Their names and ages were not released.

The driver of the vehicle, which reportedly was stolen in Torrance, will be charged with felony hit and run, said sheriff's Sgt. Chris Neeper.

The two children are cousins and were in a vehicle with their grandparents, who suffered minor injuries. The occupants of a third car also suffered minor injuries.

-- Corina Knoll

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