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Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
A man sits in a police vehicle after authorities say he struck two 13-year-old girls with his van, back right, near 4200 South Redwood Road in Taylorsville on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The man stayed to help the girls and was cooperating with investigators.

TAYLORSVILLE — Two 13-year-old girls were awake and talking Tuesday after a minivan struck them on a busy thoroughfare in Taylorsville, police said, while the driver who hit them said he wants the teens to know he is sorry.

Officers initially believed the teens had sustained life-threatening injuries, but Unified police later said they were in good condition. Their names were not released.

The two girls were walking near the intersection of 4200 South and Redwood Road when they were hit by a red minivan about 3:30 p.m., said Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke.

The driver, 71-year-old Louis Truffa, said he is blind in his left eye and said he wants the girls to know he is sorry about what happened.

Truffa said he has "always felt safe in the daylight," but he realizes it was not safe for the pair crossing to his left. He had turned onto southbound Redwood Road on a green light and struck the girls in the crosswalk, where the pedestrian light had indicated the could walk.

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Truffa said he doesn't drive at night anymore but can usually see fine during the day. He said he renewed his license this summer.

Lohrke said the driver was cooperating with police and tried to help the teens in the moments following the crash. His wife arrived to pick him up later on.

The busy intersection where the accident occurred is bordered by strip malls and is less than a half-mile north of Eisenhower Junior High School.

The crash temporarily closed southbound lanes of Redwood Road from 4100 South to 4200 South.