Prosecutors with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office believe the Army veteran was on his way to Bible study when he drove his Toyota Corolla into a busy crosswalk at El Camino Real and Sunnyvale Avenue.
#TODAY: #Sunnyvale crash suspect, Isaiah Joel Peoples, appeared in court earlier. He's accused of plowing his car into a crowd and faces 8 counts of attempted murder. @SantaClaraDA considering hate crime charges. Back in court on May 30th. No plea entered yet. PC: @daisugano pic.twitter.com/kOoH7pzcyj— Chris Nguyen (@ChrisNguyenABC7) May 16, 2019
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Investigators from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety say Peoples intentionally targeted some of the victims based on their race, as well as his belief that they were of the Muslim faith.
He has yet to enter a plea and will return to court at the end of the month.
#NEW: @abc7newsbayarea has learned the 13-year-old #Sunnyvale crash victim remains in critical condition nearly three weeks after the incident, per source. One adult is still hospitalized. Six other victims have since been released/treated for their injuries. #ABC7Now— Chris Nguyen (@ChrisNguyenABC7) May 16, 2019
"At that time, we'll have a decision as to whether we're going to file additional charges, in particular, the hate crime charges, that may or may not be alleged in this crime," said Deputy District Attorney Carlos Vega.
Family members are adamant that Peoples suffers from PTSD as a result of his previous military deployment overseas and is not a racist.
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Investigators believe the crash was deliberate based on the lack of skid marks at the scene.
ABC7 News has learned a 13-year-old girl remains in critical condition at Valley Medical Center in San Jose. One adult is still hospitalized, but six other victims have been treated for their injuries and released.
Peoples' attorney previously told ABC7 News his client's mental state will be a critical factor in the case.