Four people have died after a driver careened into several parked cars and a group of women standing on the side of a Malibu coastal road on Tuesday night.
The 8:30pm crash on the block of Pacific Coast Highway saw an as-yet-unnamed driver lose control of his vehicle before hitting two sets of parked cars.
He then fatally struck four women who were standing on the side of the road, ABC7 reported.
Several police cars and firetrucks were seen blocking off the highway in both directions to deal with the incident.
Eyewitnesses told local media that several bodies could be seen strewn across the four-lane highway, along with a series of ruined vehicles.
The unnamed driver crashed into two sets of parked cars in Malibu on Tuesday
The driver also fatally struck four women who were standing on the side of the road
‘This one’s tough. There’s just a lot of carnage, just metal carnage,’ Los Angeles County fire captain Sheila Kelliher Berkoh said.
‘Anytime you come and there’s four bodies that didn’t survive, that’s a tough one to watch,’ she added.
Two more victims have since been taken to hospital, though their current condition is not yet known.
The driver was detained and was forced to undergo a sobriety test, with local authorities saying that drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor in the crash.
But the Los Angeles County Fire Department said that speed was likely a factor.
Authorities are currently investigating whether two drivers may have been racing down the straight stretch of road.
Several police cars and firetrucks blocked both ways of the coastal highway
Eyewitnesses said they saw bodies and severely mangled cars strewn across the highway
Street racing in a growing problem in Malibu
Street racing is a growing problem in Malibu, according to local residents.
‘Since COVID there has been an increase of incredible racing up and down this highway, all night long,’ Joan Zoloth of Malibu told ABC7.
‘People in the community have complained and are really concerned. And then you have something like this,’ she added.
Local media outlets reported in 2021, during the pandemic, that a local police taskforce wrote 237 citations and gave 31 verbal warnings to street racers over just three months.
A representative from the LA Country Sheriff’s office said in a local meeting at the time: ‘We have more people than ever coming to Malibu [during Covid].
The force noted at the meeting that its officers wrote 13,015 citations in 2020, with the representative adding: ‘DUI is up 43 percent from the year before.’