At least eight are injured when a car plows into a crowd in the Mid-Wilshire area, officials say

At least eight are injured when a car plows into a crowd in the Mid-Wilshire area, officials say

At least eight are injured when a car plows into a crowd in the Mid-Wilshire area, officials say

At least eight people were injured Sunday afternoon when a two-car collision sent a van into a group of people who ate at a popular local restaurant in the Mid-Wilshire area of ​​Los Angeles, police said.

The driver of the van, which police said caused a collision when he passed a red light, was arrested after attempting to flee on foot, the Los Angeles police sergeant. Said C. Barlow. Spectators stopped less than a block away.

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“It was not very far at all,” Barlow said. The man, who was not immediately identified, was booked on suspicion of felony and running.

Witnesses described a dramatic scene outside The Fish Spot on the boulevards of Pico and Redondo, where shortly before 4 PM. The van crosses a white picket fence at several tables of diners.

Some people were lying with fractures in the limbs, while another was bleeding profusely from the head beneath the furniture and fences. The neighbors rushed from their homes, some broke seeing what happened. The spectators running and screaming.

“It was terrifying and sad to see people suffer,” said Andy Hernandez, 15, who runs the restaurant on his skateboard after hearing a loud noise. “It was amazing”.

The impact of the collision sent a car along the sidewalk, hitting a crowd of people who dined in a r
The impact of the collision sent a car along the sidewalk, hitting a crowd of people who ate in a restaurant courtyard. (Christina Home / Los Angeles Times)
Five men and three women between the ages of 18 and 51 were taken to a hospital, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A 44-year-old man was in critical condition, while a 30-year-old man and two women, aged 18 to 28, were in critical condition. The other four people in the hospital were in good condition, according to firefighters.

An out-of-service Los Angeles firefighter was also in the crowd, but did not suffer injuries that required hospitalization.

Shortly after 10 o’clock, Los Angeles police said all those injured in the accident were to survive. “There is nothing to endanger life,” Barlow said.

The owner of the 27-year-old restaurant, Felicity Inniss, had to give up serving a table outside when the collision occurred.

“He swerved around a few cars and the next thing you know he was at the door with us – people were in the truck and injured,” he said.

Two injured women collapsed, he said, as they tried to flee. Inniss rushed to the aid of the man who was bleeding from his head, throwing chunks of wooden fences and garden furniture out of his body. He had dinner with his daughter, who looked about 10 years and was not injured, he said.

“Everyone was in a state of panic,” said M. Innis, who added that the restaurant is usually busier. “It would have been much worse.”

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