Los Angeles Police believe the suspect fell asleep while driving as a result of poisoning, according to a tweet from the Los Angeles Police Department. The man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
The male driver of the vehicle was placed under arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). https://t.co/tc1x6thdwl
– LAPD Headquarters (@LAPDHQ) 19 mars 2021
The driver allegedly drove on the wrong side of the road before hitting a barrier and crashing into the Hollywood Market liquor store, KTLA reports.
While three of the victims were initially reported in critical condition, LAPD chief Michael Moore tweeted later that evening that all of the victims were in stable condition.
Two of the injured pedestrians were tourists from Washington, one of whom had broken ribs and a broken leg. The other was described as having “moderate injuries,” suffering from lacerations and abrasions, according to Moore.
This incident indicates that DUI continues to threaten our safety. Update on the victims: 2 tourists from Washington. One has serious injuries with broken ribs, a broken leg. The other has moderate injuries with lacerations and abrasions. All victims are listed as stable at this point. https://t.co/93U5SU6Fqf
– Chef Michel Moore (@LAPDChiefMoore) 20 mars 2021
Two other victims were identified as Fox 11 reporter Hal Eisner and his photographer, who were in the area to record a report on the reopening of the El Capitan Theater at the time, according to KTLA.
“It could have been any of us,” Hollywood Ambassador Gregg Donovan told local media. “You never know here on Hollywood Boulevard. I mean, out of the blue, just like that. I couldn’t believe it, I was in shock. ”
According to a statement released by the Los Angeles Fire Department, the structural integrity of the building, located on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was not damaged.