SUV Hits, Critically Injures 14-Year-Old Boy at Crosswalk Outside San Juan Capistrano High School

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A teenager was critically injured after being hit by an SUV Tuesday morning at a crosswalk outside a high school in San Juan Capistrano.

The incident  happened on  Avenida La Pata and Stallion Ridge near San Juan Hills High School around 7:30 a.m.

The victim, a 14-year-old boy, was transported to a hospital while the driver of the SUV remained on the scene, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators weren't suspecting DUI, officials said.

Some residents weren't shocked, saying for years they've complained to city and school officials  about the crosswalk, where there is no speed bump, street light or a crossing guard.

"Just recently, in October, we had another kid that got hit," parent Casey Elliott said. "We’ve set up every red flag or alarm that we can."

John Davis, the parent of the boy who was struck in that incident, sent a letter about the crosswalk to county, city and school officials on Nov. 7. In the note, he said that the driver of the vehicle fled the scene.

"My son sustained injuries to his arm and to his hip," Davis wrote. "Had he been half a step further, his injuries would have proved much worse."

In the letter, Davis said that the incident was further evidence that the school "continues to endanger our children."

John Han, another resident, said: "All we get is a typical generic answer, you know, 'We’ll look into it, we'll work on it. It's frustrating."

The school is in talks with city council members and city staff about the crosswalk, Ryan Burris from the Capistrano Unified School District said on Tuesday.

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