Shocking moment passenger survives being thrown 80 feet from out-of-control vehicle after ‘drunken’ driver smashes into six parked cars at 100mph
- Wilfredo Vaquiz Escobar, 30, arrested on a charge of felony DUI causing injuries stemming from Sunday crash in Los Angeles
- Video shows Escobar’s white Honda Accord speeding and spinning out of control before smashing into a half-dozen cars
- One of Escobar’s six passengers was ejected out of the car on impact and suffered severe head trauma
- Police say Escobar fled the scene in an attempt to hide the fact he was drunk
Heart-stopping surveillance video captured the moment a speeding sedan smashed into a half-dozen vehicles parked along a Los Angeles street, sending one passenger flying 80 feet out of the car.
The Los Angeles Police Department says the driver of the car, 30-year-old Wilfredo Vaquiz Escobar, was drunk at the time of the hit-and-run crash, which took place at 2.40am Sunday in the area of Central Avenue and 33rd Street near downtown LA.
According to a news release from the LAPD, Escobar was driving his 2017 white Honda Accord with six passengers inside at ‘unsafe’ speeds of 80-100mph when he lost control, causing the vehicle to spin out.
Surveillance video from the area of Central Avenue and 33rd Street near downtown LA shows Wilfredo Vaquiz Escobar’s car speeding before crashing
This screenshot shows one of Escobar’s passengers flying out of the car 80 feet
The 2017 white Honda Accord (top left corner) is seen spinning out of control after traveling at speeds of 80-100mph
Police say Escobar fled the scene on foot after the crash to hide the fact he was drunk
The out-of-control sedan plowed into six parked cars, which were either damaged or completely destroyed, leaving twisted debris scattered in the street.
The initial impact of the collision caused one of Escobar’s male passengers to be ejected from his seat. The man skidded 80 feet before coming to rest in the road.
The unnamed victim was hospitalized with severe head trauma, along with another passenger from Escobar’s car, reported KABC.
Of the seven people riding in the Honda, only one was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The out-of-control Honda damaged or totaled six parked cars early Sunday morning before coming to a stop
Only one of the seven people riding inside Escobar’s white Honda was buckled in
According to police, by the time officers and firefighters arrived on the scene, Escobar had fled ‘in an apparent attempt to hide the fact that he was driving impaired.’
At around 8am Sunday, police tracked down and arrested the driver at his home in South Los Angeles. The 30-year-old was booked on a charge of felony DUI causing injuries.
Escobar was ordered held on $100,000 bail pending his arraignment scheduled for Wednesday.
Path of destruction: Vehicles are pictured smashed up in the wake of the suspected DUI crash