25 Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office Recruits Hurt in South Whittier Wrong-Way Crash
SOUTH WHITTIER, CA (November 18, 2022) — A wrong-way driver crashed into a large group of law enforcement recruits while they were jogging on Wednesday morning, November 16.
According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, he collision occurred around 6:25 a.m. near the intersection of Mills Avenue and Telegraph Road, just a short distance from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s STAR Explore Training Academy.
The class of recruits included 75 people, 65 from the Sheriff’s Department and 10 from other law enforcement agencies, including the Bell, Glendale, Pasadena, El Segundo and UCLA police departments. The recruits ran north on Mills Avenue, just north of Telegraph Road, when a car in southbound lanes veered into them, authorities said.
Twenty-five recruits were hit and injured. 16 people sustained minor injuries while four are in moderate and stable condition. However, five people are in critical condition, one of them breathing with a ventilator.
Officials transported the patients to several hospitals. Patients went to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, LAC+USC Medical Center, UCI Medical Center and PIH Health Whittier Hospital.
A 22-year-old man from Diamond Bar was detained at the scene. He passed a field sobriety test and blew a 0.0 in his blood alcohol check.
He was reportedly driving to work when the crash occurred. However, an investigation is ongoing.
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