Student driver crashes into wall of school building during driving lesson

Crash occurred at Mt. Carmel High School

SAN DIEGO - A driving lesson went awry for a student driver in the Mt. Carmel High School parking lot on Monday.

The incident occurred at about 9:20 p.m. in the 9500 block of Carmel Mountain Road.

The student driver – who has a learners' permit – was driving a friend's Toyota Corolla. That friend was also in the car with her.

"One of the occupants of the vehicle was teaching the other how to drive," said San Diego police Officer Kenneth Rawls.

While circling the parking lot, the driver attempted to stop but put her foot on the gas pedal instead of the brake.

The car then sped up but the driver kept her foot on the gas pedal, police said. It went over a sidewalk and a curb and crashed into two benches before slamming into the side of a school building.

Police say the damage to the school is moderate. They say the driver kept her foot on the gas pedal because she panicked.

Airbags were deployed in the crash, but no one was injured.

Police say students will be able return to school on Tuesday.


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