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Driver Plows Into Pedestrians On California Sidewalk, Injuring 9

Christopher Solis was charged with driving under the influence after allegedly driving his truck onto a sidewalk and into a tree in Fullerton, California.

By Eric Shorey

At least nine people were injured after a driver plowed onto a sidewalk in Fullerton, California, trapping several people under his vehicle.

Several individuals ranging in age from 18 to 49 were rushed to nearby trauma centers after a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck allegedly driven by Christopher Solis, 22, crashed into a tree, striking several people along the way. Solis now faces felony charges of driving while intoxicated causing great bodily injury.

Police say that hundreds of people were on the sidewalk where Solis' car crashed at approximately 1:45 am on Jan. 10. Officers arrived to find the truck wrapped around a tree with its front end severely damaged and the airbags deployed. With assistance from bystanders, emergency responders were able to free victims trapped underneath the truck, according to a release from the Fullerton Police Department.

“With the help of some nearby Good Samaritans, FPD officers were able to lift the Toyota Tacoma enough to free the pedestrians who had been struck and were now stuck underneath it,” police wrote, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Three other parked vehicles were also damaged in the crash, according to CNN.

Lt. Jon Radus described the scene as "chaotic" to The Associated Press.

It is unclear whether Solis, who is suspected of using drugs prior to the collision, has an attorney.

The injuries caused by the crash ranged from minor to critical.

[Photo: Fullerton Police Department]