Two Banning High School students who survived a deadly tour bus crash in Orland last April received a special honor Wednesday during their graduation ceremony.
Karen Duarte and Jonathan Gutierrez were spared serious injury when a FedEx truck crossed the median and slammed into a bus carrying Los Angeles-area students to a weekend event for prospective freshmen at Humbolt State University on April 10.
Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino and the community non-profit “Sharefest” surprised the graduates with $5,000 college scholarship checks.
Duarte and Gutierrez were both planning to attend Humboldt in the fall.
“It is very important to us that our students do not take their eyes off the prize following their tragic experience, so we hope these scholarship awards serve to make their transition to college comfortable,” said Buscaino.
The Orland crash killed 10 people, including five high school seniors.
The cause of the crash was still under investigation.