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9 Injured in Hemet High School Crash This Week

A pickup being driven by a student plowed into nine pedestrians, eight of them -- six girls and two boys -- Hemet High students, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Eight Hemet High School students and another pedestrian were injured earlier this week, three critically, when a pickup truck driver ran a stop light and hit them in a crosswalk in front of the school.

The victims were struck about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday on Stetson Avenue at Bulldog Way, which connects the school parking lot to another lot adjacent to the school's football stadium across the street. There is a traffic light at the location with a clearly marked pedestrian crossing.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Darren Meyer, 18-year-old Daniel Carrillo, a junior at Hemet High, was driving the white 1994 Ford Ranger that struck the pedestrians.

Carrillo was going west on Stetson, traveling in excess of the posted 25 mph speed limit, and "failed to stop at the red light" despite the fact that around 30 people were crossing the street in front of him, Meyer said.

The pickup plowed into nine pedestrians, eight of them -- six girls and two boys -- Hemet High students, according to Meyer.

Witnesses told the Press-Enterprise that they could hear bones crunch as the driver plowed over the screaming students.

Authorities said three victims were taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in critical condition, and six went to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Meyer said Carrillo stopped to help immediately after hitting his schoolmates. Alcohol or drugs did not play a part in the incident, according to the officer.

Carrillo and his two passengers were not injured, and he was not arrested. However, the investigation is continuing, and Carrillo's vehicle was impounded for an examination, according to Meyer.

—City News Service

Mr. Logical June 02, 2012 at 07:07 AM
The 18 year old 11th grader claimed his brakes malfunctioned. Someone needs to tell him the brake pedal is on the left and it does not make the engine go "vroom, vroom" like witnesses claimed they heard.
No name June 02, 2012 at 02:24 PM
What they heard was him trying to down shift the truck and stall it!
AuntAA June 03, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Noname, Your saying he tried to downshift to do what? Pull the e break and hopefully stop with enough time not to hit anyone? How about turn the wheels into the fence and crash the truck instead of using people as human speed bumps, stalling it would not stop it from rolling forward with a speed exceeding the 25 mile posted speed limit, He would have still hit the students. I hope he never sees his precious truck again, and the only thing he drives is an automatic if anything at all.
Maxx June 06, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I want to buy the truck. I need a truck to romp in the hills. He3 didnt try to stop stall out the truck. No Name, go back to playing GTA. He was acting like a jack ass. If you try to stall out your truck it out have shut down, e brake would have workrd, and ya turning the key to off would have shut it down. Just a stupid choice by a rookie driver. But really can I buy the truck. Its already "bro-ed" out for the dirt.

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