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Driver hits 4 pedestrians in parking lot of Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre

Five people were taken to the hospital Saturday night after a man driving through the parking lot of the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre struck a number of pedestrians and a parked police vehicle, officials said.

The driver, whom police have not identified, was steering through the parking lot of the outdoor concert venue a little over an hour before the Pacific Symphony’s performance of Tchaikovsky works, including the rousing “1812 Overture.”

Irvine Police Cmdr. Mike Hallinan said the man’s car struck several pedestrians, a vehicle and a fence before hitting a parked, unoccupied police vehicle, according to the Associated Press. The police vehicle was pushed onto the lawn, where it struck picnicking concertgoers.

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Nine were injured in all. Fire officials told the Orange County Register that five people were taken to the hospital for treatment — four with serious injuries and one with moderate injuries.

Police said they were investigating the incident and that there was no evidence that the driver was intoxicated.

peter.jamison@latimes.com

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