13 injured as car crashes into clinic

first_img Six of the victims were in critical condition, said Fire Department Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas. A woman who was taken to California Hospital Medical Center had one foot amputated and her other leg, which was severely fractured, will need several operations, said hospital spokeswoman Katreena Salgado. Three others were treated and released earlier. The driver of the Nissan, Ijumaa Owens, 33, of Los Angeles, was taken into custody. He was not believed to be under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, said police Lt. Paul Vernon. Owens could face felony reckless driving charges and vehicular manslaughter, if any of the victims die. The occupants of the Town Car fled the scene and were being sought for felony hit and run, he said. Owens’ mother told KABC (Channel 11) in an off-camera interview that her son denied racing or driving under the influence. Witnesses saw the two cars racing south on Vermont Avenue, the Town Car in the outermost of three lanes and the Nissan in the lane nearest the curb, when both tried to move into the middle lane, Vernon said. “At that point the Lincoln Town Car clipped into the Nissan; the Nissan veered into this medical clinic,” Vernon said. About 50 firefighters responded to the crash, treating victims in the street outside the three-story building, which has apartments on the floors above the clinic. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card By the time police arrived, all that was visible from the street was the tail end of the black Nissan ZX buried in drywall and a tangle of steel. Tires were scattered and a single blue sneaker was left behind on the sidewalk. The midmorning crash Friday left behind a chaotic scene of shrieking people and confusion. Dozens of firefighters and police rushed to the scene, and victims were treated on the street outside. Amani Eldessouky, a doctor who works in a clinic across the street, said she saw a woman whose legs had been severed. Another woman lost one leg, and a man was bleeding profusely from the head, witnesses said. “It was a terrible scene. I wanted to start shaking,” Eldessouky said. Ten of the injured, including two twin girls, were taken to five hospitals. Two of those victims were released later Friday; their names were not available, police said. The patients were lining up at the medical clinic in South Los Angeles, just like any weekday. Up the street, a white Lincoln and a black Nissan were turning a slice of blacktop into an illegal raceway, dueling at 90 mph. Suddenly, the cars clipped each other and the Nissan veered wildly out of control and rocketed into a clinic at Vermont Avenue and 82nd Street, leaving 13 people injured, six critically. Witnesses said one woman had her legs severed; another lost one of her legs. “You just saw bones and blood all over,” said Ana Rodriguez, a medical assistant at a clinic across the street. last_img read more