In what seems to have become an all-too-common occurrence, a car crashed into a group of people. This time, it happened in Whittier, and it involved a group of law enforcement recruits out for a jog. California law enforcement authorities believe that the act was intentional, and those injured are likely considering their options for pursuing financial relief to obtain the justice they most assuredly feel they deserve.
Accident details and injuries
Close to 6:30 a.m. the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 16, a class of 75 law enforcement recruits were out on a training run in South Whittier. Near Mills Avenue, an SUV driven by a 22-year-old man from Diamond Bar slammed into the group of runners, injuring 25. Of those, four were treated for moderate injuries, and 16 others suffered minor injuries. However, five victims are currently listed in critical condition.
The report listed the injuries as involving traumatic head injuries, broken bones and loss of limbs, and at least one victim had to be placed on a respirator. The driver also reportedly suffered minor injuries. Incidentally, the vehicle had crashed into a light pole before striking the group, and some witnesses claim the driver sped up as he approached the group. They estimated his speed to be between 30 to 40 mph.
One witness said the car crashing into the light pole first actually saved more recruits from getting hit. A Breathalyzer test apparently revealed the driver did not have alcohol in his system, and he also passed field sobriety tests. Nevertheless, each of the injured parties may pursue monetary relief from the man by filing personal injury claims against him and anyone else with an ownership interest in his vehicle. To help them in their pursuit, they will need to work with an experienced personal injury attorney in California.