Police in search of suspects after Norwalk teens struck in hit-and-run

Carlos Rouse received minor injuries when he and his twin sister were hit by a car on Monday night. Photos | Rouse Family

Carlos Rouse received minor injuries when he and his twin sister were hit by a car on Monday night. Photos | Rouse Family

NORWALK - The family of two Norwalk teens who were hit by a car on Monday evening is speaking out.

In a statement released to the Norwalk Patriot, the family says that Joy and Carlos Rouse – 17-year-old twins - were crossing at Pioneer Boulevard and Foster Road when they were struck by white sedan with tinted windows.

The family says that the teens did not have enough time to react by the time they noticed the car, which they say was traveling down Pioneer and turning left onto Foster Road.

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The teens sustained minor injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital, according to the Norwalk Sheriff's Station.

Joy and Carlos Rouse

Joy and Carlos Rouse

Both have been put in braces until they can be seen by specialists, the family said.  

In their released statement, the family shared their gratitude and praised the military training the twins received that may have prevented a worse outcome.

“We would like to cause awareness towards these types of vicious crimes and show that it is unacceptable to flee a scene and leave the victims helpless, injured and possibly even worse," the statement said.  

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"We are very thankful that our little brother and sister are alive, but others are not so lucky and this type of cowardly action must stop. We are very thankful for Southeast Military Academy, because of this academy our brother, Carlos, had heroic like instincts and did not hesitate to take the initiative, which is in fact one of the 14 leadership traits you must memorize and master at the academy, and [he] helped our sister as he too was in pain.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Norwalk Station was called for update, but did not received a response before publication. 

By Alex Dominguez | Follow him on Twitter here