PEABODY, MASS. (WHDH) - Two sisters, ages 5 and 8, were hit by a car on Lynn Street in Peabody Friday afternoon.

Witnesses describe a frantic scene around 3 p.m. when a silver SUV hit the kids who were walking with their mother.

“I saw one little girl with her mother on top of her,” said witness Peter Zorzonello. “I could then see the other little girl, who was 10 to 15 feet away.”

Zorzonello works nearby and immediately ran out of his office and called 911.

“I was actually kind of relieved when I saw the second girl moving and talking and the first girl started to regain consciousness,” he said.

The two girls were taken to Mass General Hospital, where their grandparents say they are recovering.

“They are OK, they are alert and talking,” said grandmother Mary Ann Andree. “They are both strong girls, so they will pull through this. My son told me one of them is actually asleep now and the other one is waiting for her iPad.”

Andree says the family is grateful the injuries are not worse.

The driver, Ovidia Lopez-Esteban of Lynn, was taken into custody at the scene for allegedly driving with a suspended license. Police say those charges are expected to be upgraded.

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