A rapidly accelerating car driven by a young man screeched across a sidewalk and straight into a crowd enjoying one of Southern California?s most popular boardwalks, killing one person, injuring 11 and leaving the promenade in chaos as he sped out of sight.
The victim died at a hospital a few hours after the Saturday evening crash at the Venice Beach boardwalk, Los Angeles police Lt. Andy Neiman said.
Security video shows the man parking his black car alongside the seaside boardwalk as the sun sank, surveying the idyllic scene for several minutes before getting back into the car and speeding into the crowd. It shows hundreds of people walking lazily or sitting at cafes before the black car suddenly appears and sends them scrambling wildly.
Witnesses reported a horrifying aftermath.
?There was people kind of stumbling around, blood dripping down their legs looking confused not knowing what had happened, people screaming,? said 35-year-old Louisa Hodge, who was out enjoying the day on the Venice Beach boardwalk with a friend visiting from San Diego. ?It was blocks and blocks of people just strewn across the sidewalk.? (ap) LOS ANGELES