10 Injured After U-Haul Truck Plows Into Crowded Sidewalk In Downtown Los Angeles
KCAL 9 News- Ten people were injured Sunday morning after authorities say the driver of a U-Haul truck barreled into a downtown Los Angeles sidewalk. The accident, which unfolded about 1:40 a.m., occurred at the corner of 7th and Spring streets. The Los Angeles Fire Department says the U-Haul truck — going the wrong way on a one-way street — also hit a parked car, a motorcycle with one cyclist on board, and an Uber vehicle with three occupants.
Four people on the sidewalk were struck. Multiple ambulances were dispatched to the scene to find and treat those victims. Three people were transported to local hospitals — none of the injuries was considered serious. Seven others sustained less serious injuries. Authorities said the driver also took out a fire hydrant and a traffic signal.The suspected driver, identified by police as 40-year-old Michael Maurice Wilson, was located after authorities said he attempted to flee.
He was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence as firefighters suspect he was high on both cocaine and marijuana. He reportedly told police he had smoked marijuana and took some prescription pills. Investigators told CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen they also found what appeared to be cocaine in Wilson’s pocket.Nguyen spoke to Wilson’s mother, Helen, who declined to give her last name. “I was watching the news and I said ‘God I hope the people are okay,’ but I didn’t know it was Michael driving,” Helen says. She said she last saw him at her home two-weeks ago. “He stopped by to say hi. I don’t let him in no more. Because he does things I don’t appreciate him doing,” Helen said. Helen had a message for anyone injured in the accident. “I’m sorry people. Anyone that was injured by my son. I hope that God will bless him to be a right man one day,” she said.