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Truck Driver Who Plowed Into Students Will Not Face Charges

Eight students and one man were injured in the May 30 mishap.

An 18-year-old man whose pickup truck plowed into a crowd of Hemet High School students at a crosswalk outside the school, injuring several teenagers, when the vehicle's brakes malfunctioned will not face criminal charges, the District Attorney's Office announced today.

"Further investigation revealed that the pickup driven by ... Daniel Carrillo actually was slowing as it approached the area where the pedestrians were struck," according to a statement issued by the Riverside County D.A.'s office. "The vehicle's brakes apparently malfunctioned, and the driver was actively trying to stop the truck before the pedestrians were hit."

Eight students and an unidentified man were in the pickup's path. Three suffered moderate to severe injuries and were hospitalized, while the others were either treated at the scene or at a hospital for minor injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.

"While no criminal charges will be filed, the matter has been referred back to the CHP for the issuance of a traffic citation to the driver related to the mechanical issues with the pickup," according to the D.A.'s statement.

The mishap occurred on the afternoon of May 30 at Stetson Avenue and Bulldog Way at a pedestrian crossing that connects two parking lots. A traffic light is in operation at the location.

CHP Officer Darren Meyer said at the time that Carrillo, of Hemet, was westbound on Stetson and failed to yield for a red light, driving straight into the victims.

Meyer said Carrillo, uninjured, got out of his 1994 Ford Ranger immediately after hitting the pedestrians and tried to help.

The young man was carrying two passengers, neither of whom was hurt.

Brenda October 23, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Gary you need to settle down. Everyone here, NOT JUST ME, has commented on both news articles from here and the PE. Most every single person has feelings, ideas, assumptions of what could have happened, and others saw it directly. You are entitled to your opinions just like me, and I do not know why you choose to name call and try to rip me apart because of mine? I am not doing that to you right? And if for some reason you do think I am ripping you apart because of your opinion on the articles, statements about this case, I am sorry. And I am positive I would not have stooped to calling you names. The article(s) in the PE, all of them, and the ones here, all of them, are simililar, however the PE has definately more details of before that day, that days events, and afterwards events. It was very interesting and I am glad you pointed out that article and its comments. Thank you.
ATC October 23, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Yes, and yet you still claim that the DA is wrong, that he and his parents knew about the brakes, and that he should face criminal charges. You yourself stated that if the points I made were indeed true, you would change your mind, yet instead all you did was to continue to try to justify your hatred for this kid, his parents, etc. I've focused on you because of that hypocrisy. For you, Anita, and the Rev, facts are nothing more than speed bumps that get in the way of "your" truth. Even now. And BTW, I don't need to "settle down"...I'm perfectly calm, but thanks for the concern. :)
No one October 23, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Gary: Brenda seems to be a very prolific poster on this Patch site and others. Makes me wonder where does she live, Temecula, Wildomar, Murrieta? She seems to make this her life's work with opinions aplenty.
devonsmith372 November 09, 2012 at 11:33 PM
SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM. They have no place here.
Brenda November 10, 2012 at 07:10 AM
Devon alot of people feel very strongly about this and believe this guy got off scott free so this article nor its comments are spam. I will continue to hope a Civil action takes place and that this guy and the registered owner, insurance company the cars name is in will wish he got a year in jail.

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