Community members vent frustration at meeting on Hemet High crash
Six months after a Hemet High student plowed through a crowd of pedestrians near campus, seriously injuring eight students, many expressed disappointment and frustration he would not be charged.
Officials used a community meeting Wednesday night to clarify conflicting reports about the crash's cause, the Press-Enterprise reported.
While California Highway Patrol officials initially said Daniel Carrillo was traveling more than 50 mph in a 25 mph zone, further investigation concluded he was driving 32 to 36 mph.
While officials initially said they probably would charge Carrillo, they announced last week he would not face reckless driving charges.
Further investigation backed Carrillo's claim the accident was caused by brake failure, they said. It also concluded the tire calibration made his speedometer register 7 mph less than the car was actually traveling.
The report added the brake failure probably was caused by transmission fluid in the brake's master cylinder. Officials from the Riverside County district attorney's office said Carrillo would face infractions for having poorly maintained brakes.
-- Wesley Lowery
Photo: Officers at the accident scene in front of Hemet High in May. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5