Drugged Driver "Sorry" for La Jolla Crash

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    Ronald Troyer seen here at an earlier court appearance.

    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.

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    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.

    "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.

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    Ronald Troyer allegedly claimed someone stole his car after prosecutors say he drove onto a sidewalk in La Jolla injuring three teenagers.

    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.