Ten students at Granite Ridge Intermediate School were injured when a 13-year-old boy drove a campus golf cart down a crowded walkway Monday morning.
Fresno and Clovis Unified police officers were called to the school in northeast Fresno around 11:20 a.m. for an injury accident. When Fresno officers arrived, 10 students, including the boy who took the cart for the ride, were found injured on the walkway between two buildings.
Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said an eighth-grader jumped into the golf cart, used by staff, and hit the gas pedal. The cart plowed into several students, ages 13 to 14, who were walking between classes, then crashed into a tree in the flowerbed of a walkway, Gomez said.
Two students received serious injuries: a broken leg for one, and lacerations that required stitches for the other. The injured students were treated at Clovis Community Medical Center, Saint Agnes Medical Center, Community Regional Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Central California.
The driver received moderate injuries in the crash and was treated at a hospital. All students who were taken to area hospitals are now at home, said Kelly Avants, Clovis Unified spokeswoman.
“We are extremely thankful that injuries sustained in [the] accident were not worse,” Avants said in a statement.
The accident is under investigation. Avants said the keys were not in the cart when the student got in. The investigation is focusing on how the cart moved without the keys, she said.
It is not known if charges will be filed against the student, Gomez said.