Hemet teens arrested in connection with skateboarder pushed into traffic

Four high school students from Hemet were arrested Friday in an altercation that ended in a 15-year-old boy being pushed into traffic and hit by a car, police said.

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

Police say the boy was skateboarding near the intersection of Stetson Avenue and Seven Hills Drive when he encountered a group of youths on the corner around 4:45 p.m.

“An altercation ensued and the young man was pushed needlessly into traffic and run over by a car,” police said in a statement.

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

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

Police took the four teenagers into custody on Friday, they said. Three are 15 and the fourth is 16. Two are related 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 watching over him, have been informed of this latest development by investigators,” police said.

The teens were transported to Riverside County Juvenile Hall and face multiple charges each. No other suspects are wanted.

Los Angeles Times

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