25 law enforcement recruits were hit by a wrong-way driver in Los Angeles. 5 are in critical condition.

On Wednesday, a wrong-way driver drove into a large group of 75 law enforcement recruits who were going for an early morning jog in Los Angeles County. 25 of the recruits were hit by the vehicle and five are currently in critical condition. KTLA reported.

The driver of the car was also injured in the crash.

The recruits were struck by a vehicle at approximately 6:25 a.m. while in a running formation near the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s STARS Explorer Training Academy in South Whittier, California.

The recruits included 65 people from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and 10 from several local police departments.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters that of the 25 cadets injured, 20 were from the sheriff’s department, two from Bell, two from Glendale, and one from Pasadena.

Villanueva said five recruits sustained non-life-threatening injuries, four moderate injuries and 16 minor injuries. Some injuries included head injuries, broken bones, and loss of limbs. Villanueva noted that one person was put on a ventilator.

“Now we are facing some life-changing injuries for the most seriously injured recruits… We hope they all make a full recovery and have a chance to come back and graduate from the academy. That’s my goal,” said Villanueva.

Villanueva reported that some of the recruits said they heard the vehicle accelerate to 30-40 mph prior to the collision and no skid marks were seen.

Los Angeles County Fire Department Captain Sheila Kelliher said: “It’s hard to see because these young people are preparing to expose themselves to danger in their careers and who knows, while you’re training for it, you’re doing that you put yourself in danger.”

“My heart goes out to all of them as they pursue this career. I hope they all recover quickly and that they are in good shape,” added Kelliher.

Kelliher noted the driver was a 22-year-old man, but his name was not released. She reported that he was driving the wrong way down the road when the collision occurred.

After driving into the crowd of joggers, the driver hit a lamppost, knocking him over. The front of the vehicle sustained significant damage, but the driver sustained only minor injuries.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/25-law-enforcement-recruits-struck-by-wrong-way-driver-in-los-angeles-5-are-in-critical-condition 25 law enforcement recruits were hit by a wrong-way driver in Los Angeles. 5 are in critical condition.

Laura Coffey

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