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Rodney King Injured in Crash

From a Times Staff Writer

Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, remained hospitalized Tuesday after he slammed his car into a Rialto house and broke his pelvis, authorities said.

King, 38, had not been cited, pending results of blood tests to determine if he was drunk, said Rialto Police Sgt. Paul Wing.

The accident occurred about 11 a.m. Sunday near Pepper Avenue and Spruce Street. King, who lives in Rialto, was driving a Ford Expedition “at a very high rate of speed” and weaving through traffic, Wing said.

The vehicle reportedly hit a tree, a power pole and a chain-link fence before hitting the house.

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King was in fair condition at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, said a hospital spokesman, Jorge Valencia.

Since the infamous beating by Los Angeles police, King has had numerous encounters with the law. Most recently, in 2001, he was sentenced to drug treatment for being under the influence of PCP and indecent exposure.


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