FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The mother of the 16-year-old driver who crashed into a bus stop full of students on Wednesday was named and booked into jail after police say she helped her son flee the scene of the crash.
Officers say 36-year-old Yesenia Renteria picked up her son following the crash at Cedar Avenue and Tulare Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. According to police, the crash took place shortly before 3:30 p.m. when the 16-year-old driver behind the wheel of a truck collided with a bus stop. Witnesses described the vehicle as driving recklessly immediately before the crash. The incident put 11 children in the hospital.
Renteria has since bonded out of jail after paying $500 of her $5,000 bail, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. She is due in court on September 21.
According to police, the driver of the truck that hit them was seen getting into a white-colored vehicle occupied by two females. Officers located the vehicle and stopped it. Inside the vehicle, officers say they found the juvenile suspect, his sister, and 36-year-old Yesenia Renteria.
Officials say the juvenile suspect was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run and felony DUI charges. His mother was arrested on suspicion of felony accessory after the fact.