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Man Arrested After Four Students Hit by Car Near Paramount High School: Sheriff

A 19-year-old man was arrested after four students were struck by a car near Paramount High School Monday, authorities said.

The crash occurred around 3 p.m. at Rosecrans and Downey avenues, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Four 10th and 11th graders were hurt, and all were taken to a nearby hospital and are reportedly in stable condition.

Nineteen-year-old Saul Martinez was speeding when he collided with another motorist, causing him to lose control of the vehicle, according to investigators. He was arrested on suspicion of felony reckless driving, according to the sheriff's department.

LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn released a statement following the crash:

"My prayers are with the five Paramount High School students who were hit by a pick-up truck after school today and their families. While the details of the accident are still developing, I want to thank the LA County Firefighters, paramedics, and Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene and provided aid to the students. I have been in touch with Paramount Unified Superintendent Dr. Ruth Perez as well as school officials and am sending professionals from the County Department of Mental Health to Paramount High School tomorrow to provide counseling to students and faculty.”

NBC4's Hetty Chang contributed to this report. 

Editor's Note: The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department originally listed an incorrect amount of pedestrians hit by the car. 

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