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Driver ran red light before hitting Hemet High students, CHP says

May 30, 2012 | 10:18 pm

Accident scene at Hemet High
An 18-year-old Hemet High student failed to stop his pickup at a red light before barreling through a crowded crosswalk in front of the campus Wednesday, injuring nine people, authorities said.

Eight of the victims were students and the other was a woman believed to be in her 60s. She and two students were in critical condition Wednesday night, authorities said.

Six of the injured students were males and two were females, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Daniel Carrillo, a junior, was traveling faster than the 25 mph school limit when his 1994 Ford Ranger plowed into the crowd just after classes had let out, the CHP said.

 Some students had their backpacks knicked by the pickup as it drove through the crosswalk on Stetson Avenue, Principal Emily Shaw said. She said about 50 people were in the crosswalk.

"My kids are pretty devastated," Shaw told The Times. "My kids saw the whole thing."

The CHP said an investigation will help determine whether criminal charges will be filed against Carrillo, who stopped to help victims.


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Photo: Officers at Wednesday's accident scene. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5