SUNNYVALE — The FBI is assisting California officials in the investigation of a motorist who appeared to deliberately plow into a group of people, injuring eight, authorities said Wednesday.
Sunnyvale Police Cpt. Jim Choi said the driver of the car was arrested and has been identified but that his name is not being made public to avoid compromising the investigation. He said the driver was not injured.
He said the department notified the FBI after the Tuesday evening crash because “we are making sure we are looking at all the possible motives and angles.”
Witnesses told investigators the motorist was speeding and drove directly toward the pedestrians without trying to veer away or stop the car before striking them, Choi said.
The Crosswalk Remained Closed Wednesday as Officials Investigate
Some of the witness statements “show that the driver did not try to avoid the pedestrians at the cross walk, and there was no attempt to swerve, drive away or brake,” he said.
“People are just walking to get to these restaurants, food places and grocery stores, rather than getting into their car and driving there,” Sunnyvale resident Shanelle Fioretti told KGO-TV in describing the area.
Some of the eight people injured were at a corner or on the cross walk when the car hit them before smashing into a tree, Choi said. The crosswalk remained closed Wednesday as officials investigate.
An update on their conditions was expected later Wednesday.