A 21-year-old man stabbed and critically injured his father as they were driving through Torrance on Friday afternoon before good Samaritans, including one armed with a piece of lumber, sprung into action and subdued the attacker, police said.
Officers responded to a report of a stabbing and car crash about 2:20 p.m. at Artesia Boulevard and Prairie Avenue, Torrance Police Department Sgt. Alex Martinez said.
They encountered a vehicle that had crashed into a residential property, along with a man suffering from stab wounds.
Paramedics took the injured man to a hospital in critical condition, Martinez said. He was expected to survive.
Nearby resident Megan Kiachko said she first noticed what she presumed to merely be a minor traffic accident in which a minivan rear-ended another car, then continued rolling slowly into a fence.
The driver and a passenger got out of the minivan, she said.
"They were fighting, and (the passenger) was stabbing the driver,"according to Kiachko. "I was just panicked. I didn’t even know what to do."
People inside numerous passing vehicles saw what was happening and came to a halt.
"A bunch of guys got out of their cars and started tackling (the stabber)," Kiachko said. "One of those people went to his car and got a two-by-four and hit the guy who was stabbing the driver."
"There was a lot of screaming," the witness added."There was mayhem."
Kiachko added that the police arrived "amazingly quickly."
Police determined the victim's 21-year-old son had stabbed him. He was taken into custody.
His identity was not available Friday afternoon.