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Truck Driver Who Plowed Into Students Will Not Face Charges

Eight students and one man were injured in the May 30 mishap.

An 18-year-old man whose pickup truck plowed into a crowd of Hemet High School students at a crosswalk outside the school, injuring several teenagers, when the vehicle's brakes malfunctioned will not face criminal charges, the District Attorney's Office announced today.

"Further investigation revealed that the pickup driven by ... Daniel Carrillo actually was slowing as it approached the area where the pedestrians were struck," according to a statement issued by the Riverside County D.A.'s office. "The vehicle's brakes apparently malfunctioned, and the driver was actively trying to stop the truck before the pedestrians were hit."

Eight students and an unidentified man were in the pickup's path. Three suffered moderate to severe injuries and were hospitalized, while the others were either treated at the scene or at a hospital for minor injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.

"While no criminal charges will be filed, the matter has been referred back to the CHP for the issuance of a traffic citation to the driver related to the mechanical issues with the pickup," according to the D.A.'s statement.

The mishap occurred on the afternoon of May 30 at Stetson Avenue and Bulldog Way at a pedestrian crossing that connects two parking lots. A traffic light is in operation at the location.

CHP Officer Darren Meyer said at the time that Carrillo, of Hemet, was westbound on Stetson and failed to yield for a red light, driving straight into the victims.

Meyer said Carrillo, uninjured, got out of his 1994 Ford Ranger immediately after hitting the pedestrians and tried to help.

The young man was carrying two passengers, neither of whom was hurt.

ATC October 17, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Brenda, are you really that dense? Everything is right on the front page of today's Press Enterprise, but it really just expands and clarifies what the article at the top of this blog states, which you also didn't believe. Try getting your news from more than just a single source, you might be surprised at what is actually occurring in the world around you. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/hemet/hemet-headlines-index/20121016-hemet-driver-slowed-pickup-before-hitting-students-chp-says.ece And yes, Brenda, I know that mechanical upkeep is the vehicle owner's responsibility...just as I know that break downs occur all the time, many without prior warning, and they are not considered criminal, even if you want that to be the case. Are you going to tell me that you've never had a mechanical breakdown while driving? Not everyone can afford a brand new vehicle every couple of years, and even NEW vehicles sometimes break down. I also don't expect you, or Anita, or the Rev, to apologize publicly for your character assasination of this kid. You just don't strike me as the type.
Reverend Smith October 18, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Plausible scenario #2: OK, so the CHP say they disassembled Daniel Carrillo's truck's master cylinder and found it defective. This almost always means the rubber seals in the cylinder have failed, either the rubber has deteriorated with time and maybe contaminants getting into the system, or the brake's hydraulic system has been subjected to an excess of pressure, most likely to come from applying too much braking under a very sudden braking situation - like someone with unmaintained brake system standing on their brake pedal while the engine is racing and the car is either in gear fighting the engine or the clutch pedal is in and the car is free-wheeling at 50 mph as the driver depends solely on the unsafe braking system to stop the vehicle. Under these circumstances, the brake master cylinder or the wheel cylinders certainly could lose their seals, allowing brake fluid to spray from the cylinders and the braking system to all but completely fail to stop the car. But if this were the case, the driver still drove too fast and most likely broke too late. Drivers have done hard time for less. A faulty brake master cylinder does not entitle this driver a get-out-of-jail card. Wasn't there. But lots of people were. Some will never be the same. This should go to trial.
Brenda October 18, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Agree Rev. of course. Gary, as you appear to be related and privy to the latest report issued by the investigators or DA, I can understand your anger at us who post wanting consequences, legal at that. I am far from an idiot about brakes, and not knowing if the truck had a clutch or was an automatic, 4x4 etc. none of these things will excuse a faulty brake system/problem. Would any smart person drive a car with brake problems? Would parents allow their child to drive a truck with faulty brakes? There is no question of fault and criminal violation, and most definately no question civilly. As much as you try to protect your son, or nephew, or whoever he is to you, the main issue is due to the faulty brakes, or his wreckless driving(knowing before hand he had faulty brakes) and due to those that led to the injuries, one which is severe. The DA is wrong, and basically this kid is getting off due to lack of time in the courts, space in the jails and I was told directly that unless someone has been MURDERED no one is likely to be charged, and definately will not serve jail time.
KevWild October 18, 2012 at 05:44 AM
: Tony, Word of mouth is the best (and worst) advertisement. Did they ever resolve the matter professionally, politely, and to your satisfaction? If not, this is my favorite place to go when I'm wronged by a merchant: www.yelp.com and www.complaints.com
KevWild October 18, 2012 at 05:49 AM
: Anita, I have a copycat too now. Finally! Are you jealous? Anyway, I'm pretty sure you can tell that wasn't me =) Kevinrc@planetmail.com
ATC October 18, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I am not related, nor do I even know this kid. And I'm only "privy" to the exact same info that you are "privy" to; the press. Rev, there is no "plausible" scenario...there is only the "actual" event, backed up by a full investigation without being tainted by emotions. That's how it should be. I assume that you have offered your master mechanical services to the CHP, since obviously you know much more than they do about brakes, correct? You also know exactly what happened to this exact truck's braking system, EVEN THOUGH YOU'VE NEVER ACTUALLY LAID EYES ON THE TRUCK IN PERSON. Your "claims" are nothing more than guesses; the CHP's claims are the actual results. "CATASTROPHIC BRAKE FAILURE" MEANS EXACTLY THAT; "CATASTROPHIC". Still you want to hang this kid. HE WAS DRIVING AT 35MPH, NOT 50MPH! And had slowed to 15MPH. Can either one of you read? Brenda, IN YOUR MIND, there is no question about criminal violation. In the CHP's & DA's mind, YOU are wrong. You said that if what I quoted was true, that you would change your impressions...I guess that too was a lie, just like everything else you've spouted on this blog. Either be true to your word, or shut up. Funny, in spite of the FACTS, Brenda knows exactly what happened inside the cab of that truck (she must have been in the passenger seat), and the Rev knows exactly what happened inside the brake master cylinder (maybe he was under the hood?)... ...Twilight Zone, anyone?
ATC October 18, 2012 at 02:41 PM
"On the Right Side" was correct...you can't argue with idiots. I give up. Just out of curiousity, Brenda, were you on OJ's jury?
Flower Girl October 18, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Why is it that BRENDA and ANITA DRINK are always having to defend and justify their comments? Oh forgive me.. I forgot you are wanna be detectives who were at the crime scene, gathered information, interviewed witnesses and compiled this information into a report to be presented to the DA. Just saying once again... your assumptions and wanna be "detectives" aspirations are not necessary, that's why we have trained professionals. Oh... and Brenda once before you reprimanded me for not sticking to the subject, that its not about "bashing" another's freedom of speech... Word to the Wise, Practice what you preach, your idiotic assumptions are not always welcome! Not up for discussion, have a wonderful day...
KevWild October 21, 2012 at 06:48 PM
: Flower Girl, Just curious, do you have a pot card?
KevWild October 21, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Tony, I know alot of people would consider that ratting someone out, but I don't mind. Its for their own good right? Good luck!
KevWild October 21, 2012 at 07:09 PM
On the Right Side, Not true! You can always argue with someone that is IN NEED OF A DRINK! Lol!
KevWild October 21, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Flower Girl, I'm not trying to be forward or anything, but we can meet in the park tonite, if you want. Email me or post your info. to my personal message board. I'm not a creep or anything, really. We can be friends, ok?
THE REAL Anita Drink October 22, 2012 at 01:46 PM
If you are going to impersonate me Fake Anita Drink, then at least write like me. I would never have bad typos... *you're *can't *Starbucks
KevWild October 22, 2012 at 03:24 PM
: Anita, who's your guess that did it?
THE REAL Anita Drink October 22, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Nope Kevin. I've pissed a lot of people off here so it could be anybody. The fake comments are generally harmless and may be what I might have written as myself so at this point it is more amusing than disturbing. I won't be going to the hospital over this!
KevWild October 22, 2012 at 04:48 PM
: LOL Anita, re: hospital. Good one!
No one October 22, 2012 at 04:52 PM
you are not your. And Brenda the self-proclaimed authority on EVERYTHING. Do you even have a high school education? You spend your days spouting off on every patch site and many times you know not of what you speak.
No one October 22, 2012 at 06:03 PM
LOL LOL LOL I think Brenda WAS on the OJ jury!!
Brenda October 22, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Gary, I go by the articles I read, witness statements, and police reports, and interviews, like most everyone else here. One report said "witnesses stated" there was no skid marks, no attempt at stopping. Sure, as later pointed out much later and another inspection, it could have been brake failure, and you can believe that or not. This is a comments section on an article(s)and everyone will have different and often times opposing statements but that doesnt mean you have to act like a angry child and call names, or even get that angry to say the things you have said. BTW, I am not the only one responding in difference to you. That doesnt mean go and cuss out everyone else too and call them names, it means just post your ideas on the accident without name calling, or nasty comments to me or others.
Brenda October 22, 2012 at 08:24 PM
On the right side, No one has to read or even agree with what I say. This is a comments section and the question posed to us is often "How do you feel about this", and I answer. Good lord why in the world you or anyone else would lower yourself to call others names in a comments section of the Patch is beyond me unless you are an angry teenager who was in the truck. Seriously this is an adult venue I would think, or at least everyone with some reasoning and know that everyone is going to have different opinions. As I have said before, I go by the articles, the police reports if they are posted, witness statements etc. The same that most people see. Thats it, its that simple :) Just like YOU, or anyone else when I make a comment here its what I believe could have happened. If you and others read all the comments here instead of just mine you would realize that many post the same thoughts and comments as I do. But when you obviously ONLY COME here to try to antagonize ME, then its sad that its not our community and our people that concern you, but only me and my posts.
Brenda October 22, 2012 at 08:28 PM
The REAL Anita, I don't know either what pisses off supposed adults here enough to post in this article, in the comments area about ME and MY posts, to call me names, defame and demean me, and not give a rats butt what the article is even about. Nor do they even comment most times on the article, the police reports, the witness statements or other published reports. They do not answer the question often posed to us "How do you feel about this"? or "What would you do in this case". They come out of the woodwork and must go down my profile list of comments and today its laughable to see that is exactly what they do! LOL. If I say something that someone doesnt agree with, the normal adult response would be, I do not agree with you Brenda because..............but to get either so angry, or so heck I dont know, stalkerish I guess to say these things is kind of sick at most and extremely immature at least.
Brenda October 22, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Your link to the PE articles were very informative Gary, and thank you for linking them. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/hemet/hemet-headlines-index/20121016-hemet-driver-slowed-pickup-before-hitting-students-chp-says.ece
Brenda October 22, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Forgot the most compelling part of the PE article is the case they cite at the bottom of the article as these are the type of minimum charges needing to be brought when breaking a law results in injuries/death to person and/property. In this case we have many injured and one young girl with permanent brain damage. :( "Had Carrillo been charged with a misdemeanor, it would not have been a rarity for an injury crash. For instance, Juan Zacarias Tzun, who is accused of turning his pickup in front of motorcyclist Dominic Durden in a fatal crash in Moreno Valley this year, is facing a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence." OJ jury, no I was not darnit, LOL. Wish I would have been.
Brenda October 22, 2012 at 09:25 PM
LOL at the hospital too. Would anyone actually take these fake namers, multiple accounts, people who come on, adults I think which is really sad, just to call some of us names and try to antagonize us? Take them serious enough to end up in the hospital? I laugh at them cause they go through and only comment on my comments so its kind of sad that they dont read the article, and read all the comments and they would not appear so unknowledgeable. I hate to have to copy and paste the witness statements, police statements because they dont read, just stalk those of us who do read all of them. Hell, Anita I think you are funny as heck if its the real Anita, LOL. But hey, no, no hospitals for me either, I actually feel sorry for them that they follow my boring posts, LOL.
ATC October 23, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Even now, Brenda, you refuse to acknowledge your completely false claims and accusations. Instead, you continue with the "Yeah, but..." justifications. The "compelling part" is exactly the point, Brenda. In the Tzun case, police DID charge him with a crime. However, in THIS case, the evidence WAS NOT THERE to justify criminal charges. All of your ranting and raving was bull, and you can't claim that you "didn't know" until I pointed out the Press enterprise article, since everything there was repeating the same information at the top of this page/blog; albeit in a bit more detail. You know, the article that you refused to believe when you first started with your false claims of what "really" happened?
Brenda October 23, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Gary you need to settle down. Everyone here, NOT JUST ME, has commented on both news articles from here and the PE. Most every single person has feelings, ideas, assumptions of what could have happened, and others saw it directly. You are entitled to your opinions just like me, and I do not know why you choose to name call and try to rip me apart because of mine? I am not doing that to you right? And if for some reason you do think I am ripping you apart because of your opinion on the articles, statements about this case, I am sorry. And I am positive I would not have stooped to calling you names. The article(s) in the PE, all of them, and the ones here, all of them, are simililar, however the PE has definately more details of before that day, that days events, and afterwards events. It was very interesting and I am glad you pointed out that article and its comments. Thank you.
ATC October 23, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Yes, and yet you still claim that the DA is wrong, that he and his parents knew about the brakes, and that he should face criminal charges. You yourself stated that if the points I made were indeed true, you would change your mind, yet instead all you did was to continue to try to justify your hatred for this kid, his parents, etc. I've focused on you because of that hypocrisy. For you, Anita, and the Rev, facts are nothing more than speed bumps that get in the way of "your" truth. Even now. And BTW, I don't need to "settle down"...I'm perfectly calm, but thanks for the concern. :)
No one October 23, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Gary: Brenda seems to be a very prolific poster on this Patch site and others. Makes me wonder where does she live, Temecula, Wildomar, Murrieta? She seems to make this her life's work with opinions aplenty.
devonsmith372 November 09, 2012 at 11:33 PM
SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM. They have no place here.
Brenda November 10, 2012 at 07:10 AM
Devon alot of people feel very strongly about this and believe this guy got off scott free so this article nor its comments are spam. I will continue to hope a Civil action takes place and that this guy and the registered owner, insurance company the cars name is in will wish he got a year in jail.

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