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Driver Arrested After Swerving onto Sidewalk and Striking Three People in a Tent

Car accident in Sacramento

In a tragic incident in Sacramento, a man has been taken into custody following accusations that he purposefully drove his SUV onto a sidewalk, striking three individuals who were sheltered in a tent. The Sacramento Police Department has identified the assailant as 43-year-old Jesus Banegas, who is now facing charges related to the incident.

The collision occurred on Sunday, April 14, along Dos Rios Street in Sacramento, a harrowing event in which the vehicle veered off the road between North B and D streets, east of the city’s railyards. After jumping the curb and impacting the tent-dwelling victims, the SUV continued its destructive path, careening through a metal gate and a speed limit sign before fleeing the scene.

Authorities have disclosed that all three victims have been admitted to hospital where they are battling life-threatening injuries; however, their identities remain undisclosed at this time. Banegas, a Sacramento resident, has been charged with hit-and-run resulting in injury and causing an accident resulting in grievous bodily harm.

As the case progresses, Banegas is currently detained with bail set at $50,000. The court date for his preliminary hearing is set for April 22. The Sacramento Police Department’s investigation is ongoing as they seek further understanding of the motives and circumstances behind this devastating event.

Source: CBS News