Two minors charged in relation to San Marcos student's death

Two minors were charged in Juvenile Court this week in relation to the death of a San Marcos student who was struck and killed as she walked near her high school nearly six months ago.

However, because Juvenile Court cases are confidential, authorities were unable to share the charges the two minors face in the death of Lauren Wolford, who was struck on a spring Saturday morning near Mission Hills High School.

Juvenile Court proceedings are held behind closed doors, and little to no public information is available.

There are exceptions. Under state law, there are a select few types of cases — such as many of those involving a homicide — in which the public can to request permission from a judge to attend court hearings.

On Wednesday, two judges denied The San Diego Union-Tribune’s requests to attend the hearings for the minors charged in relation to the fatal crash.

Wolford was walking near Mission Hills High School around 11 a.m. May 12, when a sedan driver apparently lost control. The car jumped onto the sidewalk and struck Wolford on East Mission Road then slammed into the side of a building.

The 18-year-old high school senior — who was about a month from graduating — died at the scene.

At the time of the crash, multiple media outlets reported that the driver of the black BMW sedan involved in the crash was a sophomore or junior baseball player at the high school.

Wolford’s friends said she had been at a dance rehearsal at school before the crash. During a short break, she walked to a nearby convenience store. That’s when she was struck and killed.

The ensuing investigation took months. This week’s court proceedings were the first indication that a second minor may have played a role in the fatal crash.

Although the charges brought against the juveniles could not be confirmed, there were two cases involving charges of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter on the calendar in the same courtroom where the minors were initially slated to appear.

The focus in Juvenile Court is on the minor’s rehabilitation, not punishment.

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