Accused drunken driver injures 11 bicyclists near L.A

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 16, 2011 3:24 PM
Accused drunken driver injures 11 bicyclists near L.A

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A motorist accused of driving drunk plowed her car into a group of bicyclists early on Thursday, injuring 11 of them, at least one critically, Los Angeles police said.

The driver, identified as Christina Dahab, 27, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Los Angeles Police Department officer Lyle Knight.

Knight said a group of 15 to 20 cyclists were riding together shortly before 2 a.m. local time through Culver City, near Los Angeles, when Dahab's car ran into them.

He said one victim, an adult male, was critically hurt, and 10 others suffered less serious injuries.

All 11 were taken to various area hospitals.

Local television station KCBS-TV reported that about 100 cyclists in all were riding together at the time of the accident.

Eyewitnesses told KCBS that some of the cyclists began moving from the street's bike lane onto the sidewalk as they saw Dahab's car approaching from behind them, but the vehicle appeared to accelerate and jumped the curb as she neared the group.

Television news footage of the aftermath showed a scene littered with bent bicycle frames scattered along the sidewalk as emergency responders loaded the injured cyclists into ambulances. The front of Dahab's car was crumpled and the windshield shattered.

(Reporting and writing by Mary Slosson; Editing by Steve Gorman and Peter Bohan)