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Driver Plows Into Pack of LA Cyclists

Eleven people hurt as police explore DWI charges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 16, 2011 11:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – A suspected drunken driver plowed into a group of bicyclists on a midnight ride in Los Angeles, injuring 11, one critically, police said. The riders were in a group of about 100 cyclists that were struck by a white Honda Civic shortly before 2am today about 8 miles south of downtown. The crash injured 11 riders, including one person who was hospitalized in critical condition but is expected to survive, authorities said.

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Some bicyclists told KTTV Fox 11 that the woman driving the car appeared to be using a cell phone before the crash. They said she slowed down, then sped up and slammed into the group, sending some riders flying into the air and dragging at least one under her car. Television reports showed the car's smashed front end and shattered windshield. The 27-year-old woman was booked for investigation of drunken driving. (Read more bicycles stories.)

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