Five people were injured after a pickup truck driver crashed into a market on Hollywood Boulevard on Friday.
Los Angeles police believe the suspect fell asleep behind the wheel as a result of intoxication, according to a tweet from the Los Angeles Police Department. The man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
The male driver of the vehicle has been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). https://t.co/tc1x6thdwl
– LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) March 19, 2021
The driver was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road before hitting a barrier and colliding with the Hollywood Market liquor store, KTLA reports.
While three of the victims were initially reported to be in critical condition, LAPD chief Michael Moore tweeted later that night that all of the victims were in stable condition.
Two of the injured pedestrians were tourists from Washington, one of whom suffered broken ribs and a broken leg. The other was described as “moderately injured,” with lacerations and abrasions, according to Moore.
This incident points to an ongoing threat that DUI poses to our safety. Update on victims: 2 tourists from Washington. One has serious injuries with broken ribs, broken leg. The other has moderate injuries with lacerations and abrasions. All victims are listed as stable at this time. https://t.co/93U5SU6Fqf
– Chief Michel Moore (@LAPDChiefMoore) March 20, 2021
Two other victims were identified as Fox 11 reporter Hal Eisner and his photographer, who were in the area to record a news segment about the El Capitan Theater reopening at the time, according to KTLA.
“It could have been any of us,” Hollywood ambassador Gregg Donovan told the local news outlet. “You never know here on Hollywood Boulevard. I mean, out of nowhere, like this. I couldn’t believe it, I was in shock.”
According to a statement issued by the Los Angeles Fire Department, there was no damage to the structural integrity of the building, which is located on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.