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Driver Fleeing Parking Enforcement Hits Four People In MacArthur Park
Four men were sitting under a tree at MacArthur Park when they were hit by a pickup truck driven by a man trying to flee parking enforcement officers, reports the L.A. Times.
The incident was reported at around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Police say that the driver of the vehicle was parked by a meter on Park View Street when Department of Transportation ticketing officers spotted him. When the officers approached him, the motorist put his truck into reverse, jumped a curb, and drove several hundred yards into the park, where he hit the four men.
The victims, ranging from 24 to 35 years old, were transported to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. According to KTLA, all four men were initially reported to be in critical condition. The LAPD later clarified that only two of the victims had suffered life-threatening injuries.
The driver was detained by officers, and was then released after being questioned. Officers say that he was not intoxicated at the time of the incident. A park-goer told the Times that the motorist was a "nice man" and that he'd been living out of his truck in that area for about two years.
KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta was out at the scene on Thursday:
#LAPD says man backed up this vehicle from parking spot, into #MacArthurPark & hit 4 men. @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/BIAX4VXf1w— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) August 11, 2016
Man says he lives in vehicle w/driver involved in #MacArthurPark crash. Blames friend's health probs for accident. pic.twitter.com/AOsfhMqp44— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) August 11, 2016
"I knew that if he got behind the wheel, something was going to happen" Friend of driver who says man in poor health pic.twitter.com/Rt7E4KgTjD— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) August 11, 2016
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