Authorities say a man died after he tried to hit people on a sidewalk with his truck, slammed into a building, and was then pulled out and beaten by a group near Los Angeles.
HAWTHORNE, California – A man died after he tried to hit people on a sidewalk with his truck, collided with a building, and was then pulled out and struck by the group in Southern California, authorities said.
The man was asked to leave a business in Hawthorne early Saturday and then argued with someone as he walked to his truck, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Hugo Reynaga said.
The man then intentionally drove the truck onto the sidewalk, nearly hitting a group of customers before their truck jammed against a tree, the Daily Breeze reported.
When customers tried to get the man out of the driver’s seat, he accelerated again and hit the corner of a nearby building, Reynaga said.
The customers pulled the driver out of the truck and continued to fight him when Hawthorne police arrived, Deputy Sheriff Grace Medrano said.
The driver suffered blunt force trauma, Medrano said. He died at the scene.
The incident was captured on surveillance video, but the footage was grainy and the fight occurred behind the truck partially out of sight, Reynaga said.
“You could see there was a fight, but you couldn’t tell who was doing what,” he told the newspaper.
Most of the people involved in the fight were interviewed by detectives and later released, pending the result of an autopsy.
Detectives were waiting for the autopsy results to see if the man may have suffered a medical problem during the fight that led to his death, Reynaga said, adding that the crashes “were not that shocking.”
The driver was identified only as a man in his 40s.