Why the car jumped a curb and hit a planter is still being investigated.

Six people were taken to hospital after a Fiat 500e crashed while on a test drive at the Los Angeles auto show on Monday.

The crash occurred around 1:15pm on the 1200 block of Figueroa Street at the Los Angeles Convention Center. 

It isn’t clear exactly what happened, but it seems the car mounted the curb and hit a concrete planter that shattered.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Sgt. Jack Richter of the Los Angeles Police Department said concrete shards had been sent into the crowd outside the auto show. Local TV station KTLA spoke with a number of eyewitnesses who suggested at least one person had been run over by the Fiat, as well.

 

A total of eight people were treated at the scene. Six people, including the driver, were hospitalized. They were described as being in “minor to moderate distress” by Brian Humphreys of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The LAFD tweeted a photo of the accident scene, showing extensive damage to the front end of the Fiat. It bears a decal declaring “Drive today! At the auto show”. Test drives at the show were suspended for the rest of the day.

 

The LAPD suggested the 24-year-old driver of the Fiat may not hold a driver’s license.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

The Fiat 500e has been on sale in California and other states that mandate sales of zero emissions vehicles since 2013. It is powered by a 24 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a single electric motor that produces 111 horsepower (83 kilowatts) and 147 pound-feet (200 Newton meters) of torque. Top speed is limited to 85 miles per hour (137 kilometers per hour), and it can travel 87 miles (140 km) on a single charge. Over 16,500 examples have been sold, despite Fiat losing a massive $14,000 on each one.

Source: Los Angeles Times; KTLA.com

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