Why the car jumped a curb and hit a planter is still being investigated.
The crash occurred around 1:15 PM on the 1200 block of Figueroa Street at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
It isn’t clear exactly what happened, but it seems the car mounted the curb and hit a concrete planter that shattered.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Sgt. Jack Richter of the Los Angeles Police Department said concrete shards had been sent into the crowd outside the auto show. Local TV station KTLA spoke with a number of eyewitnesses who suggested at least one person had been run over by the Fiat, as well.
A total of eight people were treated at the scene. Six, including the driver, were hospitalized. They were described as being in “minor to moderate distress” by Brian Humphreys of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The LAFD tweeted a photo of the accident scene, showing extensive damage to the front end of the Fiat. It bears a decal declaring “Drive today! At the auto show”. Test drives at the show were suspended for the rest of the day.
The LAPD suggested the 24-year-old driver of the Fiat may not hold a driver’s license.
The cause of the crash is still being investigated.
The Fiat 500e has been on sale in California and other states that mandate sales of zero emissions vehicles since 2013; it is not available in Canada however. It is powered by a 24 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a single electric motor that produces 111 horsepower (83 kilowatts) and 147 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is limited to 137 kilometres per hour, and it can travel 140 km on a single charge. Over 16,500 examples have been sold, despite Fiat losing a massive $14,000 USD on each one.