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16 Nov 2022, 6:34 pm

25 LA County Sheriff's Recruits on Training Run Struck by Wrong-Way Driver in Whittier

More than two dozen Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department recruits were injured Wednesday morning when they were struck by a wrong-way SUV driver during a training run in a Whittier neighborhood.

The recruits, who were running in formation on a street, were part of a training program at the nearby S.T.A.R.S. Center. Witnesses said the recruits, who often train in the neighborhood, were in a four-column formation when they were hit by a SUV that veered onto the wrong side of the street, crashed into the recruits and stopped after hitting a light pole.

Twenty-five recruits were injured, including five in critical condition. Other injuries ranged from minor, including the driver, to moderate. County fire officials initially said 22 recruits were injured, but that figure was later updated to 25 by the sheriff's department.

Villanueva described the injuries, including broken bones and head injuries, as life-altering and possibly life-threatening.

The driver veered from southbound lanes and plowed into recruits who were running in formation, the sheriff's department said.

The recruits were running in four columns with eight road guards who wear reflective high-visibility vests. Drill instructors and safety vehicles accompanied recruits on the run, according to the sheriff's department.

The SUV was traveling at an estimated 30 to 40 mph, Villanueva said, citing reports from recruits. There were no signs of tire skid marks, he said.

Green, yellow and red medical triage mats, indicating severity of injuries, were set up on the street by first responders. Several recruits were transported to hospitals in ambulances.

Details about what led to the crash were not immediately available. The 22-year-old SUV driver, a Diamond Bar man, was detained at the scene.

The sheriff said a DUI breath and field sobriety test administered at the scene did not indicate the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

Sacramento man suspected of DUI after driving inside Natomas store, injuring 5 people
Five people were injured after an SUV crashed into the front of a department store in Natomas, and the driver was arrested for driving under the influence. 

The crash happened Saturday just before 9 p.m. at the Ross store on Truxel Road which was still open. 

Five people were taken to the hospital, and one had significant injuries, according to fire officials. 

Police said 44-year-old Brant Filosena was found to be driving under the influence and in possession of narcotics. He was arrested and charged with felony DUI and misdemeanor possession of narcotics. 

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