South Los Angeles (KABC) – At least six people were injured when a driver plowed into a street festival south of Los Angeles on Saturday night.
The incident was reported in the 3000 block of South Trinity near Martin Luther King Boulevard at approximately 8:00 p.m.
According to the police, the officers tried to stop the driver of the white Porsche Cayenne, but the driver refused to stop. That’s when he slipped over the concrete railing and into the carnival structure on the street.
The driver, who has not yet been identified, hit at least six people, all aged between 30 and 50, police said.
“It was a bit sad because he hit two of my bodyguards,” one witness said. “Indeed, he gave one guard a concussion and broke his leg. This shouldn’t have happened guys.
Video obtained by Eyewitness News showed several people running for safety. All six patients were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.
Police said the suspect’s car was spotted a few meters away and that a person of interest was arrested.
“It looks like he was trying to get out of the fair but he couldn’t get out of the fair because of the barriers, so he drove west beyond ICL and continued through a crowd we estimate to be anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 people,” said Sgt. Robert Leary of the LAPD.
Considering how busy the street market was, Leary said the results could have been worse.
“It’s really a blessing that no one was seriously hurt,” he said. “I think they heard a car, I don’t know if it was honking, apparently people were shouting. There were a lot of people who saw the car coming and luckily I think they got out in time.”
It is not known if the driver of the Cayenne was under the influence of any substance or alcohol. The incident is still under investigation.
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