At around 2:45 p.m. on May 30th, eight students from Hemet High School were injured when they were hit by a pickup truck that ran a red light as they were in a crosswalk in front of the school. There were reportedly about 30 people in the crosswalk at the time. Witnesses said that someone was yelling for everyone to get out of the way when they noticed the truck wasn’t going to stop.
Hemet High school is located at 41701 East Stetson Avenue. This is the last week of classes for the students, and school had just let out for the day shortly before the accident.
The eight students were taken to an area hospital, with three of them reported in critical condition. The driver refused medical treatment at the scene.
The vehicle that hit them was a white Ford Ranger truck with black fenders and big 4-wheel-drive type tires. The 18-year-old driver of that vehicle is also said to be a student at the school. There were unconfirmed reports that the truck’s brakes failed, and that the truck ran up on the curb in an attempt to avoid hitting the pedestrians.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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