Drugged Driver "Sorry" for La Jolla Crash

By Michelle Wayland
|  Wednesday, May 4, 2011  |  Updated 5:59 PM PDT
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Prosecutor: Driver Tried to Shirk Responsibility

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Ronald Troyer seen here at an earlier court appearance.

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Crash Victim's Father Describes Injuries

Santiago Aguerre recounts what his daughter went through after getting hit by an out-of-control car on La Jolla Boulevard Sunday. Alani, 14, was walking with her friends when a man drove into a Bird Rock restaurant, hitting her and injuring two other teenagers. Witnesses saw 66-year old Ronald Troyer behind the wheel.

Prosecutor: Driver Tried to Shirk Responsibility

Ronald Troyer allegedly claimed someone stole his car after prosecutors say he drove onto a sidewalk in La Jolla injuring three teenagers.
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A man who ran down three teens while driving his car into a La Jolla restaurant said he was sorry as he was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison.

A jury found Ronald Troyer, 66, guilty of driving under the influence of marijuana, reckless driving, hit and run and driving on a suspended license.

Troyer crashed into the Cass Street Cafe and Bakery last August. 14-year-old Alani Aguerre was pinned under the vehicle and was seriously hurt. Two other teens and two adults were also hurt.

"It'll always be with me and I'll have the scars as a reminder, but I'll be able to move on," said Aguerre.

The judge said Troyer represented a lifetime of bad decisions and read a long list of charges that date all the way back to 1963.

Troyer addressed the court, saying he's concerned for the victims and hopes they heal.

"I feel like justice was done. I don't have much to say about his apology," said victim Ian Brininstool.

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