CRIME

Driver Plows Into Pedestrians At Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre

Police said nine people were hurt in the crash.

Nine people were hurt on Saturday when a driver struck several pedestrians, a fence and an unoccupied police vehicle in the parking lot of Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in California.

The crash around 6:45 p.m. local time caused the police vehicle to move onto a lawn near the box office, striking numerous people who were picnicking before a concert, Irvine police said.

Four of the victims were treated for serious injures, police said.

Authorities identified the driver as an 81-year-old man, but did not release his name. Police said that there was no evidence that the driver was intoxicated, NBC LA reports. An Irvine police commander told the Orange County Register that the driver’s age “may have contributed to the crash.

No one was arrested.

Concertgoers were at the venue for the Pacific Symphony’s performance of Tchaikovsky compositions. 

Neal Weiss, who said he witnessed the collision, shared photos on Facebook showing the chaos following the crash.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact IPD Detective Jon Cherney at 949-724-7024.

Emergency workers respond to the scene outside the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.
Emergency workers respond to the scene outside the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.
A police vehicle that was pushed onto a grassy area following the crash.
A police vehicle that was pushed onto a grassy area following the crash.
Police investigate the scene of a crash outside Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.
Police investigate the scene of a crash outside Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.

This story has been updated with additional information about the driver.

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