Seven people were hospitalized Saturday after a hit-and-run driver allegedly attempting to evade police struck two pedestrians then collided with a second vehicle in downtown Los Angeles before fleeing on foot and eventually being arrested.
The sequence of events began when officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Honda Civic, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department.
While attempting to evade police, the driver of the car hit two women, ages 19 and 40, who were walking at the intersection of 8th and Main streets, police and fire officials said.
According to LAPD investigators, the Honda continued on to the area of 9th and Main streets, where it collided with a Dodge carrying a family of four.
The pedestrians and occupants of both vehicles were transported to hospitals, said Battalion Chief Ray Gomez of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Officials initially said eight pedestrians were struck in the incidents.
One of the patients required “advanced life-support measures,” Gomez said.
The Los Angeles Times later reported the victims sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The driver who allegedly attempted to flee got out of his car, appearing disoriented, and tried to run but was caught by police, a witness told the Times.
The 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, the Times reported.
KTLA’s Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.