Several police recruits on a morning training run were were struck as a car rammed into the group in Whittier, California. CBS reported that at least 22 of them were struck, with at least five in critical condition. The male driver is in custody and was said to be driving on the wrong side of the road when the crash happened. Police have not confirmed whether this was a deliberate occurrance.
“Our thoughts are with those impacted by this morning’s events involving the Sheriff’s Recruits. As we await more information on their conditions, we are wishing everyone a quick recovery.” LAPDHQ
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Recruit class assigned to the STAR Explore Training Academy, Whittier, were struck by a moving vehicle at approximately 6:26 am on the 10600 block of Mills Avenue during their run while on training. There were multiple injuries, and all victims were transported to local hospitals for further treatment. Currently, it is unknown the severity of their injuries. The vehicle’s driver that struck the recruits was detained pending further investigation.There is no additional information available at this time.We pray for the recovery of all the recruits. LA County Sheriffs Department
The incident occurred at around 6:30 a.m. as the Los Angeles County cadets were on their morning training run. Whittier, a suburb of Los Angeles, is home to the STARS academy- Sheriffs Training Academy and Regional Services. The recruits often run in groups with brightly colored vests, so are easily identifiable.
There were 23 total patients transported to hospitals in the area, one of whom was the driver of the car. The suspect driver is listed as 22 years old. There are no reports of fatalities at this time.
A group of law enforcement recruits are in critical condition after they were hit by a car during their morning run in Whittier, authorities said.
The California Highway Patrol said the incident was reported at 6:30 a.m. near the intersection of Mills Avenue and Telegraph Road. The recruits attend the Sheriff’s Training Academy and Regional Services (STARS) Center located in the 11500 block of Colima Road, which is roughly a mile and a half from the crash site.
Whittier is located 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. FOXLA.COM
No skid marks
The damage to the suspect vehicle is severe, as you can see from the above screenshot. There were no skid marks, according to reporters at the scene. The car hit the light pole and reportedly had to come up onto the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.
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