A horrific pedestrian accident shocked the Southern California city of Hemet. The accident occurred on May 30, 2012 in front of Hemet High School in Riverside County shortly after school had been dismissed for the day. A large group of students were crossing the street at a marked crosswalk when they were hit by Ford Ranger pickup truck. Witnesses report seeing the truck run a red light while accelerating through the intersection.
Eight students were injured when the pickup truck
plowed through the crosswalk. The
injured students were transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center
in Moreno Valley. Three of the victims
are reportedly in critical condition.
Fortunately, all are expected to survive. We wish them all a speedy and complete
According to published reports, the driver of the
truck was eighteen-year-old student Daniel Carrillo. California Highway Patrol officers are examining
the pickup truck to determine if mechanical failure had any role in this
accident. An auto-part or vehicle manufacturer may be held liable if a defective product contributed to an
Investigators are also interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video to determine whether driver inattention or aggressive driving caused this accident. The skilled trial lawyers of Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP fight for the rights of pedestrians in the greater Los Angeles area. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident contact our Century City for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.