The fatal wreck occurred in a parking lot near the La Movida and O’Dolly’s nightclubs at around 1:00 a.m. local time. A group of pedestrians were gathered around the food trucks when they were struck by a car that drove off the road. The drunk driver was speeding before crashing into a parked car and continuing into the parking lot.
Two pedestrians, who remain unidentified, were pronounced dead at the scene. Seven other pedestrians sustained injuries in the crash and were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, reports several media sources.
The driver, Chad Erdley, 37, was arrested at the scene of the accident. According to media outlets, Erdley’s speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol. Erdley’s blood alcohol content following the pedestrian crash was .40 – or five times the legal limit. He has been charged with two counts of murder and seven counts of first-degree assault.
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).