A driver plowed through a crowd on a sidewalk in downtown San Diego on Monday morning, killing three people and injuring six others, including two who are hospitalized in critical condition, police said.
The driver – whom authorities identified only as a 71-year-old man — appeared to be driving while impaired when his car suddenly veered off the street shortly after 9 a.m. local time near a community college and went up onto the sidewalk briefly before returning to the road, said San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit.
“For whatever reason, (the driver) veered to the right, went up on the sidewalk, struck multiple pedestrians there and then came back on to the roadway,” Nisleit said
Three people died at the scene. Five of the six others who were injured were taken to hospitals, authorities said.
Nisleit said the driver identified himself to police and he was arrested. The driver was operating a Volvo station wagon, he said.
Nisleit said authorities received a call shortly before the fatal crash about a vehicle matching the description of the one that struck nine people, but he did not identify further details about the call.
“I don’t want to go too much more into that, as we need to interview those citizens that called in to determine if this is the right vehicle. It appears to be (the same one), though,” Nisleit told reporters.