A veteran of the Iraq conflict could be facing serious jail time following a bizarre crash in Santa Clara County, according to local sources. California authorities arrested the 34-year-old former sharpshooter after he apparently ran his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians. The motor vehicle accident hospitalized eight people, several of whom are in critical condition.
According to witnesses and other sources, the man was on his way to a bible study meeting when, for reasons unknown, he crashed through a crowded crosswalk and onto the sidewalk. Witness statements suggest he did not make an attempt to swerve or brake, leading police to believe this could be an intentional act. The man struck a total of eight people before smashing into a tree. Victims ranged in age from 9 to 52.
Two victims remained under medical care as of a few days after the incident, which took place on the evening of April 23. One, a 13-year-old girl, remains in critical condition. The man, who family says suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, now faces eight counts of attempted murder. A court date has yet to be announced.
The tragic nature of this motor vehicle accident could have been much worse, but thankfully no one died in the crash. However, given the severity of the injuries suffered by several victims, the man could still face considerable jail time if he is found guilty of the attempted murder charges. Separately, the injured parties themselves are entitled under California law to file personal injury lawsuits against him in a civil court setting, using evidence of his role in the accident to support their claims.