Four teenagers suspected of pushing a 15-year-old boy in front of a car that hit him near a Hemet intersection, causing severe brain injuries, were arrested Friday.

Hemet police Lt. Nathan Miller said that three 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy from Hemet High School were booked into Riverside Juvenile Hall on suspicion of assault and other offenses. None was identified because of their ages, though Miller confirmed two of the suspects are related.

The victim, also not identified, has been under intensive care for brain trauma since the attack, according to the lieutenant.

He said that the skateboarder was injured about 4:25 p.m. on Feb. 28 along Stetson Avenue, near Seven Hills Drive.

Miller said that the teen was riding his skateboard eastbound when he encountered “a group of young people,” who initiated a confrontation.

“A brief altercation ensued, resulting in the 15-year-old being pushed into traffic lanes,” Miller said. “About that time, a Tesla being driven by a 52-year-old man … struck the teen, resulting in significant injuries.”

The driver immediately stopped and called 911, according to the lieutenant. He said that the assailants grabbed the victim’s skateboard and ran away.

The teen was taken to a regional trauma center, where his family “maintain a vigil at his bedside,” Miller said.

The Tesla driver was questioned and determined not to be at fault in any way, the police spokesman said.

He declined to say what was uncovered during the three-week investigation, including whether the victim attended the same school as the suspects, or what might have triggered the altercation.

No other suspects are being sought in connection with the attack.

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