Truck Hits Students

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 9:33am

Nine hospitalized after truck veers into crowd outside of California high school.

Nine victims, eight of them students, were hospitalized after a truck collided with a crowd outside of California's Hemet High School Wednesday afternoon.

Three of those victims were in critical condition, including 15-year-old Helen Richardson, who was in a "conscious coma" and incubated, according to her mother Trisha Telezinski.

David Carrillo, an 18-year-old junior at Hemet High School, was driving a modified Ford Ranger westbound on Stetson Avenue with his twin brother and 16-year-old friend in the vehicle, according to a statement released by California Highway Patrol Officer Darren Meyer.

They were travelling "at a speed greater than the 25 MPH school zone speed limit," Meyer wrote.

A group of about 30 pedestrians, including students, were crossing the intersection when the truck failed to stop at the red light.

The truck collided into the group.

CHP officials believe the truck may have had a mechanical problem and has been impounded for inspection.

Witnesses reported hearing Carrillo yell out, "My brakes have gone out," Telezinski said.

Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as a factor, officials said, adding that criminal charges against the driver, if any, will be determined after the evidence has been examined.

"The driver stopped immediately after the collision to assist the victims," Meyer said in a statement.

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