Boy killed during off-road race was son of youth pastor

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Posted: Jun 07, 2016 2:36 PM

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Church officials say an 8-year-old boy struck and killed by a truck that crashed during a weekend off-road race in Mexico was the son of a Southern California youth pastor.

Pacific Coast Church in San Clemente says spectators Xander Hendriks and his mother, Melissa Hendriks, were hit while standing next to the course during the SCORE Baja 500 race in Ensenada on Saturday. Xander was fatally injured. Melissa Hendriks was hospitalized in stable condition. A third person was also hurt.

The church says Xander was the son of student ministries pastor Brandon Hendriks.

The truck was driven by Todd Pederson, CEO of the Utah-based home security company Vivint. Pederson says he crashed when he failed to negotiate a turn.

Pedersen says in a statement that he's devastated and his heart goes out to the family.