Tampa Police Department is investigating a Tuesday morning collision on Hillsborough Avenue that injured two teenage girls.
Just after 7 a.m., sisters Victoria, 14, and Norma Valasquez-Cabrera, 15, were walking to Middleton High School by crossing Hillsborough Avenue just west of 22nd Avenue when a vehicle struck them, authorities said.
The driver was a 17-year-old high school student from Hillsborough County. ABC Action News is not releasing her name because police said the accident wasn't her fault.
Residents said the area where the collision occurred, in front of the Meridian Pointe Apartments, is very dangerous.
Glen Thompson said he sees pedestrians crossing the street all the time.
"I feel sorry for them,” he said. "I think they need a crossing light right here."
A campus crisis counselor said students described the girls as outgoing and personable.
"The students are very concerned about their well being. Faculty of course is very concerned about their well being, and they have a lot of questions about the condition of the students. We don't have all the information to give them so it's been a little bit challenging," Hillsborough County School District Crisis Counselor Dr. Evelyn Hernandez said.
The girls were rushed to Tampa General Hospital. Norma is in critical condition and her sister, Victoria, is in fair condition.