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Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Into 12 People Admiring Holiday Lights
A 28-year-old man with multiple drunk-driving convictions has been accused of driving under the influence again after crashing his truck into two parked cars and injuring a dozen people, including a number of pedestrians.
Ismael Soto was allegedly under the influence of alcohol on Sunday evening at about 8:37 p.m. when driving a red pickup truck north on South Fremont Avenue in Alhambra, Pasadena Star News reports. Near Fremont and Poplar Boulevard, he attempted to pass another car using the southbound lane, but then turned left abruptly and crashed into two parked vans.
These vans were occupied with a number of people admiring holiday lights and decorations at a home nearby. The impact of the crash sent one van over a curb and another into a group of pedestrians, pinning them against a fence, NBC LA reports. CBS is reporting seven pedestrians and six people in the car were injured, while Pasadena Star News is reporting six people in the car and four pedestrians. We have reached out to the Alhambra Police Department for confirmation, but have not yet heard back.
In all, we do know eleven of the victims ranging in age from 11 to 61, were taken to nearby hospitals and a 27-year-old woman remains in critical condition this morning, according to San Diego 6.
Soto himself sustained minor injuries and has been arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence. This wouldn't be his first time getting in trouble for drunk driving. He was convicted in February of 2013 for driving under the influence on a suspended license, and again in November 2013 for a hit-and-run and driving under the influence.