Oakland, Calif. – A suspected drunk driver has been arrested after ramming a van full of children in Oakland.
Some of the injured were taken to the hospital.
The seriousness of the accident may be rare, but some people say that it is not the kind of reckless behavior it caused.
The entire incident was captured on video from a shop’s camera.
According to police, just after 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, the driver of a Pontiac G6, which was speeding about 90 mph in the bus lane, ran a red light and crashed into a Honda Odyssey.
Two children who were apparently not hooked were thrown from the van.
“We’ve seen a lot of accidents here at the base of this intersection, and it’s probably the worst thing I’ve seen,” said Ciudad de México owner Gaspar Gemez.
The horrific crash on International Boulevard on 38th place was captured by cameras outside the business of Gamesz.
Passersby rushed to rescue the victims, dragging the children out of the vehicle.
“I think it’s our duty to let you know when you see someone in need and especially in that situation you should be helping,” Gamez said.
At least one person in the van managed to avoid the accident.
In all, police say 10 people were taken to hospitals, among them six children in the van, including a 9- and 2-year-old who were thrown from the vehicle.
He has been admitted to Children’s Hospital in critical condition due to head injury.
After hitting the van, Pontiac rammed a jeep parked on the sidewalk, then came to rest.
The driver appeared ready to flee, but was stopped by passersby.
“So, before you knew it, he had a lot of people who weren’t going to let him go,” Gamez said.
The driver has been charged with DUI, hit and run, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.
Some attribute the accident to a bigger problem in parts of Oakland. They call the situation anarchy.
Andrew Ray said, “People drive like they don’t have a license, because they don’t obey the law. They drive the way they want to drive.”
Gamez says cars have hit their building, drivers have used bus lanes like those on highways, and violating the rules of the road has become a common practice.
The city has called on the CHP for help, but Gamez and others say more needs to be done to prevent future tragedies like this.
“Maybe we have to, or they have to start taking out license plate numbers, sending fines, you know. I don’t know, something. It has to be a deterrent,” he said.
Oakland Police say they have conducted 10 traffic safety operations in East Oakland in the past year, the most recent being Sept. 3.