At least 25 cadets for multiple law enforcement agencies were struck by a car while on their morning run in Whittier Wednesday.
Investigators said the suspected driver was a 22-year-old man out of Diamond Bar and it is not yet known if the incident was intentional, due to impaired driving, or distracted driving, but the car had swerved into the other side of the road and up the curb when hitting the recruits.
“We’re going to look at the totality of this incident, from an intentional act, to distracted driving, to possibly impaired driving, to an accident,” California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Charlie Sampson said in a press conference Wednesday. “We will not leave anything uninvestigated at this point right now.”
Of the injured recruits, five were immediately transported to local hospitals in critical condition, four sustained “moderate” injuries and 14 transports that were considered to be minor.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva followed a group of recruits who were transported to UC Irvine Medical Center and considered to be in critical condition.
Villanueva said other cadets were transported to USC Medical Center, St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood and Whittier Presbyterian Hospital.
The recruit class is made up of 75 people from different agencies outside of the Sheriff’s Dept., including Bell PD, Glendale PD, Pasadena PD, El Segundo PD and UCLA Police .
At least 20 of the cadets injured were training for LASD, with two of those injured from Bell PD, two from Pasadena PD and one from Glendale PD.
The cadet transported to St. Francis was revealed to be on a ventilator, as of this writing.
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