Driver plows into group of people in California, injuring 8 for smashing into tree, police say

connectVideoAt least 8 hurt after the driver intentionally plows into group of people in California: police

A 13-year-old girl is the youngest victim after police say a driver intentionally accelerated through an intersection and plowed into a tree. The suspect is in custody in Sunnyvale, California.

The unknown driver who plowed into eight people in California on Tuesday, rammed the group of “intentionally,” the officials said, pointing to the driver made no attempt to break, and allegedly sent in the direction of the pedestrians-including a 13-year-old girl.

Authorities took the man behind the wheel of the black 2010 Toyota Corolla into custody, but were still working Wednesday to a possible motive. After the success of the group, the car continued on a few yards before close by in a tree near a shopping mall, severely damaging the sedan from the windshield and the hood. The officials didn’t immediately know if drugs or alcohol may have played a role and the conditions of the injured is yet to be released.

The National Ministry of Public Security said that the incident happened around 6:40 p.m. as the driver was heading west on El Camino Real in the direction of the city of Mountain View.

“We do not know the motive behind this is based on statements from witnesses who saw the driver might intentionally ran into the group of people in the sidewalk, there was no attempt to brake or steer away,” Police Jim Choi told KTVU.


Choi told KGO-TV there was no sign of “a kind of proof-of-braking” on the scene.

The crash happened at the intersection of El Camino Real and Sunnyvale Saratoga Road in Sunnyvale, California.
(Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety)

“It seems that it would have been an intentional act,” Choi said. “All of that is in research at this time.”

The victims– a 13-year-old girl — were rushed to the hospital, but none of the injuries and their severity was made public.

The crash prompted a massive law enforcement response that ended about a half block from El Camino Real. The victim stuff and bikes can be seen scattered around the area of the crash, NBC Bay Area reported.

The damaged car can be seen after the rams in 8 people on the sidewalk in Sunnyvale, California on Tuesday.

Residents told ABC7 the intersection, which is surrounded by homes and businesses is usually busy.


“People are just walking into these restaurants and food places and supermarkets, instead of in their car and drive there,” Shanelle Fioretti told KGO-TV.

The police are investigating if the man was actually stopped at the light, or if he ran a red light. He could face charges for assault with a deadly weapon, as the authorities at the conclusion of the strike was intentional.

Despite the damage to the Toyota, the officials said that the driver had no serious injuries, according to KTVU.


Officials said on Twitter that Sunnyvale Avenue, between El Camino Real and Old San Francisco, will be closed until 8 a.m. local time as the investigation into the incident continues. Two lanes west El Camino Real is open to researchers made the scene.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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