RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Wednesday afternoon after three Alta Loma High School students were struck at Base Line Road and Carnelian Street, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said.
"The children are expected to survive their injuries," said sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Vega.
One of the girls is still hospitalized with a broken right femur, 3rd degree burns on her stomach, a fractured pelvis and a fractured neck.
The other two were treated by doctors and released.
Cory Holker, 29, of Rancho Cucamonga was driving his silver Toyota Camry east on Base Line when he lost control of the vehicle while trying to pass a slower moving vehicle, authorities said.
The Camry went up onto the curb, struck and snapped a tree, spun out, then hit the three 16-year-old girls.
Authorities began receiving several 9-1-1 calls around 2:30 p.m. reporting a teen boy and at least one other young person had been struck by a car at Base Line and Carnelian.
Callers reported the boy had been pinned under the driver's vehicle. It was later determined the initial reports were incorrect and all three students were female.
Horrified witnesses, some of whom are classmates of the injured students, comforted each other as Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department paramedics worked to treat the students.
All three were taken by ambulances to area hospitals, one with a broken leg.
Sheriff's Deputy Jeff O'Connell administered a breathalyzer test at the scene and then took Holker into custody.
A search of court records shows Holker has been arrested several times on suspicion of various vehicle code violations, including speeding, not wearing a seat belt and following too closely, but he has no previous DUI arrests in San Bernardino County.
Holker was booked into West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of felony driving under the influence with injury.