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Eight Injured After Car Crashes Into Motel Pool Full Of Children

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As many as eight people were injured Sunday, one critically, after a car plowed through a wall and crashed into the pool at a San Pedro motel, reports City News Service.

The incident happened at around 7:24 p.m. at a Vagabond Inn at 215 South Gaffey Street in San Pedro. Authorities say that the driver lost control of his Toyota, slammed through a brick wall, and drove the vehicle into the pool. According to the Associated Press, children between the ages of six and 10 were inside the pool at the time. Officials say that no children were seriously hurt. City News Service reports that the driver—the sole occupant of the vehicle— had gotten out of the vehicle when firefighters had arrived, and that he was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Johnathan Zayas, an eyewitness at the scene, told ABC 7 that the driver was trapped in his vehicle after the crash. "I ran over there and people were trying to lift the car...I took this guy out of the car, you know, try to unbuckle him...he was choking...and someone did CPR," said Zayas.

Public Information Officer Aareon Jefferson of the LAPD told LAist that the driver had likely crashed into the wall while coming in from the street (as opposed to the parking lot), considering the speed with which he'd slammed into the wall. According to ABC 7, the car was traveling westbound on 1st Street.

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Police say they are investigating whether the driver was under the influence while he was driving the vehicle. The driver is said to be a male in his 20s.