Four pedestrians were hit by a pickup truck in Detroit, Michigan, at a “Tesla Explores” event on Thursday, June 8, at around 5:30 p.m., according to the police. Following the incident, three of the people hit by the pickup truck, which appeared to purposely swerve to hit them, were transported to a hospital. The ages of the victims range from 50 to 73.
The Detroit News reported that police said the pickup truck ran into the four pedestrians “outside the Shinola Detroit store.” That was where the Tesla Explores event was held, to showcase Tesla vehicles, which are not allowed to legally be sold at car dealerships in Michigan “due to the state’s direct sale laws,” according to Electrek. The laws are supported by Michigan car manufacturers, like GM.
Two of the pedestrians hit in Detroit by the pickup truck were listed “in temporary serious condition.” The police said that the oldest victim, listed in critical condition, was a man who suffered trauma to his head.
The man behind the wheel of the blue Chevy truck was 42 years old. Detroit Police Cmdr. Elvin Barren said the westbound pickup truck was speeding when the driver swerved, hitting two women and two men on Canfield Road. The truck also hit two vehicles.
According to CBS Detroit, Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said that the driver of the pickup truck first hit a man and a woman, then struck “an air-stream trailer.” After that, the pickup truck “hit a third person, a male.”
Three of the four people who were hit by the pickup truck were injured as they were in the street looking at the Tesla cars that were on display at the event. The fourth person who was injured was just “grazed” by the pickup truck.
Fornell said the other three victims who were more seriously injured were transported “to the Detroit Receiving Hospital.” He added that one of the male victims had “multiple fractures of the legs.”
Electrek reported that, according to witnesses, the driver of the pickup truck intended to run into people at the Tesla Explores event, and they said what happened was not an “accident.” According to WDIV Local 4, witnesses said the driver of the pickup truck “intentionally slammed into the people.”
Barren stated a passenger inside the pickup truck appears to have finally grabbed the steering wheel and managed to stop the driver from doing any more damage. Barren said it appeared like the passenger “was trying to escape.” However, Electrek reported that when the truck came to a stop, “the passenger and driver switched seats,” suggesting that the passenger was also complicit in the injuries to the pedestrians.
The driver of the pickup truck was not hurt and the police placed him under arrest. Barren stated that the police are investigating to determine if the driver was under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or possibly a combination of the two substances.
Following the incident, the Detroit police blocked the intersection off as they conducted the initial part of their investigation. The street was congested with pedestrians, some interested in the Tesla Explores event and some there for other reasons, like getting a bite to eat at one of the nearby restaurants.
Late Thursday afternoon, at approximately 5:30 p.m., four pedestrians in Detroit, Michigan, were injured at a Tesla Explores event in the Motor City when they were struck by a man driving a blue Chevy pickup truck. The event is ongoing. It has not yet been determined if what happened was accidental or done intentionally. If the driver of the pickup truck intentionally slammed into the four people who were injured, it is not certain, at this time, if the reasons or motives of the two people in the truck were linked to the Tesla event. The police in Detroit are investigating the incident.
By John Samuels
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