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Two teen sisters hit by car in Tampa

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The crash scene at East Hillsborough Avenue The crash scene at East Hillsborough Avenue
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Two teenage sisters were injured after a driver struck them early Tuesday morning.

Tampa Police spokesperson Andrea Davis says 15-year-old Norma Velasquez-Cabrera and 14-year-old Victoria Velasquez-Cabrera just left their apartment in the Meridian Pointe complex and were walking to Middleton High School. As they tried to cross East Hillsborough Avenue, they were hit by a car at 7:15 a.m.

Norma is critically injured, Davis said. Their mother rushed to the hospital to be with them.

The driver of the sedan is 17-year-old Deja Johnson, a student at Hillsborough High School. Police said the sisters were not at a crosswalk.

Johnson stopped immediately after the crash and Davis said it doesn't appear to be her fault. Johnson was not injured.

TPD officers investigating the crash have now cleared the scene and all lanes on Hillsborough Avenue are now open near N 22nd St.

This is the same stretch of roadway that claimed the life of another Middleton High School student in October of 2011.

15-year old Shenika Davis was walking from her home to Middleton about 6:30 a.m. on international walk to school day when she crossed the street and was hit and killed by a pickup truck. The driver in that case was also not charged.

Steve Hegarty, spokesman for the Hillsborough County School District, says these tragic accidents are a reminder that everyone needs to be aware that children are waiting at bus stops and walking to school before the sun comes up. 

"These are the kinds of warnings that we give at the beginning of the school year, when people aren't used to having kids walking to the bus stop or walking to school," Hegarty said. "But I think that it bears repeating throughout the school year, that you've got to watch out for kids and kids need to walk across at crosswalks. That's very, very important."

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