NATIONAL MEDIA BLACKOUT: Driver ‘Purposely’ Plows Over Eight People With Car, Police Believe

NBC Bay Area

Tuesday evening, a driver in Sunnyvale, California deliberately ran over eight people with his car, police believe, according to multiple news reports.

“A car plowed into a group of pedestrians in Sunnyvale, California Tuesday night, and police say the crash may have been intentional,” said ABC7. “Eight victims were taken to the hospital, some with serious injuries. The driver was arrested.”

The name of the driver has not been released.

“Around 6:40 p.m., a man in a dark sedan was seen by witnesses speeding through the busy intersection before plowing through the group of people,” the report continued. “The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said the group was possibly targeted by the driver, a man who they believe purposely turned into the group while driving full speed.”

The accident did not make many national headlines. Only local California news outlets have reported on the event.

According to the report, the youngest victim was a 13-year-old girl. The rest are adults. Police are investigating the motive for the alleged crime.

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Capt. Jim Choi spoke with local media.

“Looks like it might have been an intentional act,” he said. “All of that is under investigation at this time. The driver is in custody. We do have witness statements that show that vehicle did not attempt to slow down or brake. And the scene itself doesn’t show any evidence of braking. It’s very unusual. The city of Sunnyvale is a very safe city, so, to hear about a tragedy like this, it’s just unheard of.”


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