A 39-year-old man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence after he struck two pedestrians with his car and killed one in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.
Los Angeles resident John Joseph Hansen Madarang was arrested after driving his silver Lexus IS200t into two men at around 11:40 p.m. Friday at the corner of 9th Street and Olive Street, causing them to “kick up in the air.” were, the Los Angeles police said in a press release.
Madarang was driving the wrong way on 9th, a one-way street where traffic is flowing east, when the accident happened, police said.
One of the pedestrians, a 36-year-old man, succumbed to his injuries; the other, a 32-year-old man, suffered serious injuries. Both were crossing the street at a marked crosswalk at the time of the collision, police said.
After meeting the men, Madarang continued west and collided head-on with another vehicle, police said. Community members prevented him from leaving the area; One person used his car to stop Madarang from escaping, the LAPD said.
Madarang is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center. Bail is set at $130,000.
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