Driver Error Behind Crash that Injured 12 students, Police Say

BELMONT, CA (AP) - Driver error was the cause of a crash that injured a dozen middle-school students waiting for a bus last month, police said.

Mauro H. Yan, 70, of Redwood City, was picking up his granddaughter on May 2 when he lost control of his sport utility vehicle and plowed into a group of students outside Ralston Middle School. Fifteen people were injured in the crash, including 12 students.

Belmont police investigated the vehicle to determine if mechanical or human failure was behind the crash.

But after looking closely at Yan's 2004 Honda Pilot, police said it was more likely the he mistook the gas pedal for the brake pedal, said Belmont police Lt. Dan DeSmidt.

The San Mateo County district attorney's office is looking at the case and will decide whether Yan is charged with reckless driving, DeSmidt said.

All of the injured students have recovered from their injuries and are back at school.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is also reviewing the evidence to see if Yan's driving privileges should be revoked. Yan's license will be automatically suspended if criminal charges are filed.

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