Three children were being walked to Santa Ana School by their grandparents when a man allegedly struck them.
Jason Carlos Guzman (26), of Valencia has been charged with seven charges of premeditated murder, seven counts with assault with a deadly weapons, three counts with hit-and run with injury, and three with child abuse. He also faces one count of possession of a flammable liquid, one misdemeanor count of brandishing a deadly weapon, and one misdemeanor count of hit-and-run with property damage, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Guzman informed a Taft Elementary School staff member in Santa Ana at 8 AM Monday that he was going for a bathroom break. Officials said that Guzman left after the school employee told him to.
However, he then allegedly crashed into a parking barrier in the school’s parking lot while leaving in a Mazda Protégé, and accelerated onto a sidewalk, causing him to crash into a group of school children who were walking to campus.
Three of the children were girls aged 6, 9, or 10. “flew into the air after being hit by the vehicle,” according to the DA’s Office.
According to officials, the youngest victim was hit just before her 7th Birthday. None of the children sustained serious injuries in the accident.
Guzman is accused, while he was leaving the scene of the accident, of striking an SUV being driven by a woman with her 11-year-old child. Guzman was allegedly following another mother from school, who saw him strike the girls on a sidewalk. She later got out of her car to confront Guzman.
That’s when he allegedly brandished a knife at her, but the woman ran away and was not injured.
Later, Guzman was found by police with an apparent self inflicted stab wound on his abdomen. Officials said that Guzman remains in hospital following the incident.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad found several containers of flammable liquid in Guzman’s car. Police previously described the items in a previous report as “incendiary devices.”
“The actions of a single individual have resulted in undue trauma to the victims he hit as well as countless children, parents, and school staff,”Todd Spitzer, Orange County District attorney, stated in a statement. “These children were innocently walking to school on the sidewalk with their grandparents and but for the grace of God, this incident did not result in a child being seriously injured or killed.”