VALLEJO, Calif. -- A total of six pedestrians were injured, one fatally, in a series of collisions after a driver veered on to a Vallejo sidewalk Friday afternoon.
Vallejo police Sgt. Michael Nichelini said a man driving a Nissan Versa north on Sonoma Boulevard from Redwood Street veered off the street for an unknown reason around 3:30 p.m.
The driver, whose identity has not yet been released, drove on to the sidewalk and sideswiped a bus stop, striking one pedestrian there. He then continued north on the sidewalk, hitting a telephone pole and then a group of five pedestrians including three woman and two children -- one male and one female.
The car dragged two of the pedestrians north on the sidewalk before it came to a rest.
One of the pedestrians who was dragged, an adult female, was declared dead at the scene.
She and the other victim stuck under the Nissan were extricated with the help of a passing tow truck driver, Nichelini noted.
All of the remaining victims have been taken to hospitals in conditions ranging from critical to serious.
The driver of the Nissan has been detained by police and taken to a hospital for evaluation. Nichelini said it was unclear whether he was injured.
Police are investigating witness accounts that the 65-year-old driver was slumped over the wheel at a traffic light, then took off abruptly when other cars began honking.
"Officers are trying to determine if he was under the influence of some substance or if this is a medical condition. He is actually going to be released. We are not going to make an arrest this evening," Nichelini said.
Police say he showed no obvious signs of intoxication.
Another pedestrian accident nearby
Around 10 p.m. Friday a man and his dog were involved in a hit and run accident. They were struck by a car while they were walking on Sonoma Boulevard.
The man suffered non-life threatening injuries, but the dog was critically injured.
This second accident happened just a half mile from the earlier accident, which was on the same street.
ABC7 News contributed to this report.