Three special needs students, woman struck by car in San Mateo 

San Mateo police say they do not believe a driver who struck three special needs students and a student teacher earlier today drove on to the sidewalk deliberately.

The reason for the crash remains under investigation this evening, but police said it does not appear the driver was trying to avoid a hazard in the road when he swerved on to the sidewalk on West Hillsdale Boulevard.

The victims are expected to recover after they were hit while walking on a school field trip in San Mateo this morning, police and school officials said.

The collision was reported at 11:17 a.m. in the 300 block of West Hillsdale Boulevard, police said.

The three male students, 15, 16 and 18, and a female student teacher, 28, of Belmont, were part of a group of about 15 students and five teachers from Hillsdale High School who were walking as part of a supervised field trip, San Mateo Union High School spokeswoman Sheri Costa-Batis said.

The special education classes regularly take walks near the high school to help students learn life skills, Costa-Batis said.

They were about a block from the school when a car driven west on West Hillsdale by a 53-year-old man veered north onto the sidewalk and struck the four pedestrians, police Sgt. Rick Decker said.

The student teacher suffered head trauma and broken bones. The three teen students suffered minor injuries including abrasions and lacerations, police said.

They and the driver were taken to hospitals. None of their injuries are considered life-threatening, police said.

The roadway reopened as of 12:34 p.m. and the vehicle was towed from the scene, police said.

Meanwhile the school is working to keep the rest of the students and the victims' families updated on their status, Costa-Batis said. They are also providing counselors for students and staff.

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