Hemet: Truck Ran Red Light, Injuring Eight Students and One Adult
Posted on May 31, 2012
Shortly after Hemet High School let out on Wednesday, May 30th, a truck ran a red light, injuring eight students and one adult in a crosswalk. While traveling west at a speed greater than the limit on Stetson Avenue in a 1994 Ford Ranger, 18-year-old Daniel Carrillo, an 11th-grader at the school, entered the right-turn lane as if he intended to enter the parking lot adjacent to the football field but instead accelerated and continued straight, slamming into a group of nearly 30 students in the crosswalk. Paramedics transported eight students and one 60-year-old pedestrian to nearby hospitals; three of the injured were in critical condition. Several cameras mounted around the campus captured the accident, and authorities are reviewing the tapes, questioning witnesses, and planning on inspecting the truck. They do not believe drugs or alcohol contributed to the collision.
“With little protecting them from the vehicles with which they share the road, pedestrians tend to suffer more severe injuries in accidents than vehicle occupants,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “Fortunately, however, laws have been enacted to provide them with a means of recovering compensation to assist in their recovery.”
With a greater inclination to take risks on the road—whether speeding, neglecting to wear a seat belt, or driving while drinking or distracted—teenagers are among the age groups most susceptible to fatal crashes. Factors elevating the likelihood of an accident include the gender of the driver, as males were killed in more crashes than females between 2000 and 2006; the number of teens in the vehicle, with the risk increasing as the passengers do; and the time, as the risk of a collision is twice as high at night compared to in the day.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the eight students and adult who the truck struck after running a red light.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Hemet pedestrian accident.
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