Hemet teenager arrested in connection with skateboarder pushed into traffic


Four students at Hemet High School were arrested Friday in connection with an altercation that ended with a 15-year-old boy being pushed into traffic and struck by a car, police said.

The teenagers, who have not been identified because they are teenagers, are believed to be responsible for the February 28 incident. The victim was hospitalized with serious head and brain injuries.

According to police, the boy was skateboarding near the intersection of Stetson Avenue and Seven Hills Drive when he encountered a group of young people at the corner around 4:45 p.m

“An altercation ensued in which the young man was senselessly pushed into traffic and hit by a car,” police said in a press release.

The driver of the car, a white Tesla that had been traveling east on Stetson Avenue, stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

The group of teenagers fled the scene, police said. The victim’s skateboard was also stolen after the incident.

The police took the four teenagers into custody on Friday, it said. Three are 15 and the fourth is 16. Two are relatives and all four attend a local Hemet High School. Police would not say if they attend the same school as the victim.

“The victim’s family, who are standing guard at his bedside, have been notified of this latest development by investigators,” police said.

The teens were taken to Riverside County Juvenile Hall and each face multiple charges. No other suspects are being sought.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-03-21/four-hemet-teens-arrested-skateboarder-pushed-into-traffic Hemet teenager arrested in connection with skateboarder pushed into traffic

Dais Johnston

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