Six Hurt in Los Angeles Fairfax District Crash When Suspected DUI Driver Crashes into Uber Car on West Melrose Avenue

Two cars, one of them an Uber car, were involved in the crash in the 7400 block of West Melrose Ave. just before 3 a.m.

Los Angeles police and firefighters responded about 6:00 a.m. Monday January 1, 2018 to a serious personal injury crash at 7432 Melrose Avenue. Three men and three women, all in their late 20s or early 30s, were transported to trauma centers. One of the vehicles involved a suspected DUI driver; the other vehicle was an Uber car.

The Uber’s four passengers were transported to trauma center, where they were listed in critical condition. One suffered life-threatening injuries. The Uber driver suffered injuries initially believed to be non life-threatening.

Tow truck drivers working the first crash scene near Magic Castle, an exclusive nightclub in Hollywood district, were able to detain the suspected DUI driver after following him from the Magic Castle location to the location of the second crash in the block of 7400 West Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles — about two miles away.

FampionX, a sports apparel business at the second scene, received serious facade damaged. A Mercedes-Benz SUV was upside down and a Toyota Prius — the Uber car — received heavy damage to its front end. The offender, possibly DUI, T-boned the Toyota Prius near FampionX after hitting multiple parked cars about two miles away near Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles. He tried to flee on foot at the second crash scene, but was detained for police.

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Injuries: 6 Critically Injured

Damage Estimate: $Unknown

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