A car plowed into eight pedestrians on Tuesday night at a crossroads in Sunnyvale, California may have been intentional, the authorities said. Some of the injured were seriously injured and all were taken to hospitals in the region, the city security department told CBS News.
Captain Jim Choi of Sunnyvale DPS said the youngest person is 13 years old.
Choi said the car stopped when it hit a tree and the driver, who was alone in the vehicle, was arrested but nothing was accused. The name of the driver was not published.
Choi told CBS San Francisco that the car had run straight through an intersection into a pedestrian crossing and sidewalk onto the people.
"It looks like this was a deliberate act by the driver, based on what's on the ground and some statements about pain," Choi said. "We're doing this research, we do not know what the motives were."
Choi said the victims had reported that the vehicle had not tried to stray or slow them down.
He told CBS News that there were no skid marks on the road, and possibly it was missing in a wrong place, wrong time for the victims.
But when asked if it might have been a terrorist act, Choi said it was too early to rule it out.