The Aug. 16 accident in Wildomar that critically injured a Murrieta high school senior is currently being called a “tragic accident,” police said today.
Kaitlyn Parra, 16, who had just entered her senior year at Murrieta Valley High School, was struck by a car last Tuesday afternoon after getting off a public bus on Prielipp Road in Wildomar. ( to read about the accident.)
According to Cpl. Courtney Donowho, spokeswoman for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the teen exited the bus, walked in front of it, and was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound on Prielipp near Yamas Drive.
The car that struck Kaitlyn is believed to be a maroon Mitsubishi Lancer.
The corporal said the driver was interviewed and released at the scene.
“It is being called a ‘tragic accident,’ but an investigation continues,” Cpl. Donowho said.
The driver was not arrested, the corporal added.
Kaitlyn remains in a coma induced by doctors to stabilize her brain injuries.
"She remains in critical condition," Cpl. Donowho said.
Sunday night, nearly 200 friends and family members turned out for a prayer vigil for Kaitlyn at , where the teen and her parents worship. ( to read about the vigil.)