Eight people were injured, four critically, Sunday afternoon in a crash involving two vehicles in the Sawtelle neighborhood of L.A.'s Westside, officials said.
The incident happened in the 11200 block of West Santa Monica Boulevard when one of the vehicles, exiting the southbound 405 freeway, collided with the other, which was traveling eastbound on the street, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.
The collision left one of the vehicle's occupants trapped inside, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in Twitter at 2:17 p.m. Three of the injured were pedestrians, the agency said.
The eight patients were transported to hospitals. Four were in critical condition, according to the Fire Department: a female pedestrian, 27; a man and woman, both 30; and a 27-year-old man.
Four other victims were in good-to-fair condition, the LAFD said. They were described as a 33-year-old man, 8 year-old girl, and two children of unknown gender, ages 3 and 6.
The lone occupant of one of the vehicles attempted to flee the scene on foot before being apprehended by a group of roofers, witness John Torres said.
"I thought he was in shock. I told him to calm down. He said, 'Hide me. Hide me,'" Torres said. "He said the feds were after him and all this bit."
The cause of the crash was under investigation.