Four people were struck by a vehicle in Annandale, Virginia, just before noon Friday, leaving one victim with life-threatening injuries.
The victims were hit in the 7200 block of Maple Place, Fairfax County police said.
According to a preliminary investigation, the driver of a car left the road and hit four pedestrians, police said. The car smashed through a sign and a fence and ended up in a parking lot.
The sound of the crash could be heard on surveillance video from a nearby business. The video then shows the car coming into focus, heavily damaged, with its windshield smashed in.
All four pedestrians who were struck were taken to a hospital; one has injuries that are considered life-threatening. The conditions of the other victims were not immediately known.
The driver of the car and a passenger were also taken to a hospital to be checked out.
Jennifer Lemus, who lives nearby, said the road can be very busy. "... We've never witnessed someone get run over or anything like that, but lots of cars speed," she said.
Police said that at this point in their investigation, the crash did not appear to be intentional.
A crash reconstruction team documented the scene, taking photos and measurements. Car parts, clothing and even a hat were strewn in the parking lot. Chopper4 video showed a stopped sedan with both the driver's and passenger's side front doors left open.
"Of course it's dangerous here," said a man near the scene Friday. "They're driving crazy here."
Police have not said what may have led to the crash. Detectives are continuing to investigate.
Maple Place was closed between Annandale Road and Daniels Avenue for several hours, but it has since reopened. It’s a busy area, with small businesses, traffic and pedestrians.
The car has been towed from the scene.