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Prosecutor: Try school-bus-crash teen as adult

October 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The L.A. County District Attorney's Office wants the 17-year-old suspect in a traffic collision that killed a pedestrian and injured 19 in a school bus tried as an adult.The teen was arraigned Thursday for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

The teen is accused of driving a BMW under the influence, driving through a red light, striking a pedestrian who died instantly, and crashing into a school bus that fell onto its side, injuring 18 students and the bus driver.

The incident occurred at 1st and Soto streets in Boyle Heights at approximately 3:22 p.m. Monday.

Eduardo Gaytan, 70, was crossing 1st St. in the crosswalk when he was struck. He died at the scene.

The school bus driver was hospitalized in serious condition. Eighteen Roosevelt High School students were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The 17-year-old driver and a 14-year-old passenger allegedly tried to flee the scene on foot, but were captured by a nearby construction superintendent.

The 14-year-old and another male who was in the car were not charged.

The investigation into the collision was ongoing.

The 17-year-old's name was not released because he is a minor.


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