Five pedestrians were struck by a minivan involved in a collision with a car near a bus stop in Boyle Heights Friday and the car’s driver was under investigation for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, authorities said.
Paramedics were sent at 12:55 p.m. to the 100 block of North Chicago Street, near East First Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“A minivan apparently involved in or attempting to avoid a traffic collision came to rest on the northeast corner of Chicago and First streets, striking five persons at or near a transit bus shelter,” Brian Humphrey of the LAFD said.
Police said a man was driving a car that collided with the minivan, which then careened into the pedestrians.
Two women, one 61 and the other 40 years old, and three men — one 55, another 27 and the third 20 years old — were taken to a hospital for treatment, Humphrey said. Another man was treated at the scene.
The car driver, who was chased down by a witness when he tried to flee the scene, was among those taken to a hospital. He was facing possible arrest on suspicion of DUI, police said.
His name was not released.