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Horror at famous LA tourist spot

04 August 2013, 10:28

Los Angeles - A car drove into a crowd of people walking along the famed Venice Beach boardwalk, injuring a dozen people before the driver fled the busy Los Angeles tourist site.

The driver and sedan had yet to be located more than two hours after the crash at 18:00 on Saturday, said police Officer Jorge Torres. Police were looking for a dark-coloured Dodge Charger or Avenger. The driver was a man described as having sandy blonde hair and estimated to be in his mid-20s, authorities said.

Multiple witnesses reported that the driver appeared to be "moving purposefully" and in control of the car as it ploughed through the crowd, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Brian Humphrey said.

Firefighters were surveying the sprawling crowd looking for injured, Humphrey said.

Twelve injured had been counted, with 10 of them hospitalized. Two were hurt seriously and two critically, Humphrey said. He had no details on the identities of the victims or their injuries.

The car was still moving as it drove out of sight of firefighters and the people who were hit.

The Venice boardwalk is a cultural hub in a part of Los Angeles known for its eccentricities. It is home to galleries, restaurants, tattoo shops, skateboard parks and the famous outdoor weight room known as Muscle Beach.

Jogger Daniel Regidor was a short distance from the crash when it happened and as he approached he saw "people screaming, running."

"When I came upon the scene, there were a bunch of people on the ground, bloodied," he told the Los Angeles Times. "Some looked pretty mangled, head injuries, just a lot of blood."

- AP

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