Van plows into crowd outside LA restaurant; 9 injured, driver arrested

ExpressA vehicle hit pedestrians in LA

The impact forced one vehicle onto the sidewalk, where it hit a group of people dining alfresco at a restaurant.

Los Angeles police spokesman Josh Rubenstein said the crash appeared to be an accident.

At least six people were injured during the incident that took place at approximately 3:45 p.m. According to Barlow, the as yet unidentified man was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.


Witnesses described a horrific scene with multiple victims pinned under the vehicle, and one man bleeding profusely from the head. The van hit several tables of diners at The Fish Spot, a popular restaurant in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood, KTLA reports. Four other victims are reportedly in a stable condition hospital.

Police said neither driver was injured, though witnesses reported seeing the man driving the van being rolled away on a stretcher.

The LA Times quotes Felicity Inniss, the owner of the Fish Shop restaurant, as saying she had just served a table outside when it happened. They said an off-duty firefighter was injured at the scene but did not sustain injuries requiring transport.

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