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Five Pedestrians Hospitalized after Car Drives onto Sidewalk

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According to KPCC, a man test-driving a car from the Los Angeles Auto Show crashed onto the sidewalk and into a planter, sending concrete shrapnel into a crowd of people on Monday afternoon.

Details of the Pedestrian Accident

A 24-year-old driver and a passenger drove a Fiat 500e outside the Los Angeles Convention Center at around 1:15 p.m. local time when the accident occurred. Police say the man lost control of the car and entered the sidewalk.

KPCC reports that the car struck a cement planter on the sidewalk, shattering it into concrete shards that struck several pedestrians. Five pedestrians sustained non-life-threatening injuries and received treatment at a local hospital.

The driver and passenger of the car also received treatment at a hospital for minor injuries, reports KPCC.

Pedestrian-related Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians died in traffic crashes. An estimated 65,000 pedestrians sustained injuries in traffic crashes in 2014.
  • Pedestrians made up 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014.
  • Pedestrian fatalities in 2014 were highest in California (697), followed by Florida (588) and Texas (476).

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