Criminal charges possible in Hemet High traffic incident, CHP says
A Hemet High junior had his driver's license for just 15 days when he allegedly drove a pickup truck into a group of students last week in an incident that left nine people injured, officials said Monday.
The California Highway Patrol said it was consulting with prosecutors regarding filing possible criminal charges against Daniel Carrillo, 18, who authorities say was speeding Thursday afternoon as he barreled through a red light and into a crowded crosswalk in front of Hemet High.
"Carrillo was traveling at a minimum speed of 50 mph while entering the school zone," the agency said in a statement summarizing its investigation. "The CHP would like to emphasize this incident is a collision, not an accident."
Eight of the victims were Hemet High students. One, Helen Richardson, 15, remained in serious condition Monday, according to the CHP.
Carrillo's twin brother was a passenger in the 1994 Ford Ranger. A 16-year-old Hemet boy was also in the truck when it plowed into about 30 students who were in a crosswalk on Stetson Avenue.
The CHP said its probe ruled out mechanical problems as a factor in the incident.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Scene of traffic collision last week in front of Hemet High. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5