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A 13 year-old girl is fighting for her life after being hit by a driver who police say deliberately plowed his car into pedestrians in Sunnyvale Tuesday.
The unnamed seventh-grader at Sunnyvale Middle School is in a coma and her condition is “life threatening,” according to police reports obtained by the San Jose Mercury News.
The left side of her skull has been removed to relieve pressure on her brain that’s bleeding and swelling.
The driver was booked on eight counts of attempted murder. A former U.S. Army sergeant with a history of PTSD, Isaiah Joel Peoples, 34, rammed his car at high speed into a group of pedestrians in a Silicon Valley suburb, injuring eight people including three children, and then told authorities that he intentionally hit them but has not said why.
A witness, 72-year-old Don Draper, said he watched in horror as Peoples’ car sped through a crosswalk in a Sunnyvale shopping area Tuesday evening and bodies went flying. It was a warm night, around dinner time and people were out in cafes and restaurants in the area.
“I saw this woman fly through the air right in front of me. She flipped upside down and then fell right in front of my car,” Draper said, adding that he was so enraged, he marched over to Peoples’ car, which had swerved onto a sidewalk and crashed into a tree. He said Peoples did not appear drunk but looked dazed and was mumbling over and over, “Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus.”
The Chronicle reports, Peoples was apparently on his way to Bible Study at the time of the crash. Read their full update on the investigation here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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