FREMONT -- Four Horner Junior High School students walking home from school Wednesday suffered serious injuries when a motorist lost control of his sport utility vehicle and struck them on the sidewalk.
Two of students suffered skull fractures, one suffered a puncture wound to his hip and the fourth needed 40 stitches to close a gash on his forehead, said the mother of the student who suffered the forehead gash.
A fifth student, who was walking behind the others, was unhurt, said the mother, who asked not to be identified.
The students, all seventh-grade boys, were walking on Scott Creek Road near Riesling Court about 3:10 p.m. when they heard a screeching sound, the mother said.
"As they looked up, the (vehicle) was already rolling and flipping, coming toward them," she said. "They tried to get out of the way."
Sgt. Antonio Delgado said that the driver of a Chevy Tahoe was speeding northbound on Scott Creek Road when he struck the curb and lost control of the vehicle. The SUV also crashed into a light pole and several trees, the sergeant said.
Two of the four people in the vehicle also were taken to local hospitals for treatment of back pain and facial lacerations, Delgado said.
Officers are investigating the accident. As of Thursday evening, no charges had been filed against the driver, who did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol, Delgado said.
The victim's mother said that she would renew efforts to install a traffic signal on Scott Creek Road between Warm Springs Boulevard and Interstate 680. Previous attempts to install a signal were unsuccessful, she said.
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