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13-year-old Santa Monica girl killed by alleged drunk driver on 60 Freeway

A 13-year-old Santa Monica girl was struck and killed by an allegedly drunken driver as the child stood with a woman beside a disabled car today on the 60 in Hacienda Heights, California Highway Patrol officers said.

The 41-year-old driver of the disabled car suffered major injuries, and a 10-year-old boy inside it had injuries listed as moderate by the CHP.

Tina Silva, 28, of Hacienda Heights, was booked for suspicion of drunken driving minutes after the crash. She had driven off the freeway at the Seventh Street exit but was tracked down by police, said CHP officer Monica Posada.

The crash in westbound lanes, east of Seventh Avenue, was reported at 12:41 a.m., she said. Silva, driving a 2012 Honda Civic westbound about 60 miles per hour, allowed her car to drift to the right shoulder and strike the two people standing at the disabled Corolla.

The 13-year-old girl died at the scene, but no names have been released yet.