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Three pedestrians were struck and two hospitalized as an SUV drove through a bus bench while the driver fled the scene on foot Wednesday evening in East Los Angeles.

According to reports from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the crash took place at around 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of Whittier and Atlantic boulevards, where witnesses said a white GMC Yukon drove onto the sidewalk, hitting a woman and a dragging another man who became pinned in the wreckage of the accident. After the accident, the driver exited the SUV, pulled a small child out of the vehicle, and ran from the scene on foot. “It sounded like a big crash,” said witness Ronni Armijo. “Like a boom sound, like a lot of breaking glass.”

Police, fire, and ambulance crews were called to the busy intersection, which became a large spectacle as onlookers gathered to watch rescue teams cut the trapped man free. He and another woman were then transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, though the extent of their injuries has not yet been made known. Another pedestrian injured in the accident was treated at the scene and released.

Police also launched a search for the driver of the SUV, who still remains at large. Witnesses described the driver as a Hispanic male in his early twenties. He was last seen running northbound on Atlantic Boulevard in blue jeans and a white or grey shirt. Anyone with information about the man is being encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol as soon as possible to assist in their investigation.

Investigators at the crash site reported that the vehicle did not appear to be stolen, and that there was no evidence inside to suggest that alcohol was a factor. To gain a better understanding of the circumstances that surround the accident, police will examine surveillance footage captured by nearby businesses.

If you’ve been injured in an accident such as this, you should seek help, as there are legal protections in place designed to help accident victims recover. With the help of legal representation, compensation can be recovered from those at fault to help pay for things like hospital visits, surgeries, therapy, and more. You could also recover wages lost from time spent away from work, or from a loss of future earning potential, should your injuries prevent you from returning to work.

At AA Accident Attorneys, we understand your legal rights, and have years of experience helping accident victims recover what they are rightfully owed. We will guide you through the entire process and protect you from harassing phone calls from insurance companies as you focus entirely on the treatment of your injuries.

As always, we will not charge you for any our legal services until your case is won. If we are unable to collect on your case, then you will not owe us anything. If you’ve been injured in an accident, call us today, we can help explain your available options, and provide a free consolation to evaluate your potential for legal action. We can be reached seven days a week, any time day or night.

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