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    Teens crossing Roxbury street badly injured when hit by a car

    Two teenagers were injured Tuesday when they were struck by a car while crossing Columbus Avenue in Roxbury in a crosswalk.
    David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
    Two teenagers were injured Tuesday when they were struck by a car while crossing Columbus Avenue in Roxbury in a crosswalk.

    Two teenagers were injured Tuesday when they were struck by a car while crossing Columbus Avenue in Roxbury in a crosswalk, and one of the victims sustained serious injuries, Boston police Commissioner William B. Evans said.

    A total of four teenagers were in the crosswalk at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Malcolm X. Boulevard around 11:05 a.m. when the driver of a white sedan lost control of the vehicle, hit two of the children, and then crashed into a utility pole where the car came to rest on the median, Evans said.

    The victims were a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, he said. Both teens attended high school at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School.

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    In an e-mail Tuesday night, Officer Stephen McNulty, a department spokesman, described both victims’ injuries as “non-life threatening.”

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    One of the teenagers was seriously injured, while the second teenager suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Evans said.

    The commissioner said police were trying to determine whether the driver was distracted while using his phone before he struck the victims.

    Both teenagers were transported to Boston Children’s Hospital for treatment.

    Evans said the driver was also taken to the hospital as a precaution.

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    The crash took place near the Reggie Lewis Track, Madison Park Technical Vocational School, and Roxbury Community College.

    The incident is under investigation, Evans said.

    Danny McDonald of Globe Staff contributed to this report. John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.