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Suspected DUI Driver Hits Pedestrians at One of LA’s Most Iconic Rock Venues

The Whiskey A Go Go crash was caught on camera, too

Security footage from Whiskey A Go Go
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

A scary scene unfolded late Tuesday night in front of iconic Sunset Strip venue the Whiskey A Go Go, when an out-of-control car crashed into a dozen people standing around on the sidewalk out front. The entire terrifying West Hollywood scene was caught by security cameras, and the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The Los Angeles Times and a slew of other local outlets picked up on the news almost immediately, as multiple people were transferred to the hospital with various injuries stemming from the crash. KTLA reports that the man, identified as Brandon Baker-Grey, had been working as a Lyft driver, though he was not working at the time of the crash.

In the video, a car can be seen attempting to make a left turn onto Sunset Boulevard before losing control at speed, crashing onto the sidewalk and hitting several pedestrians before getting hung up on a thick metal pole holding the awning of the iconic building. All of the reported injuries are said to be minor, and at least one musician who was hit ended up taking the stage afterwards to continue his set. The video is below.

Sidewalk car crashes in front of restaurants and bars are surprisingly common in all areas of Los Angeles. A hit-and-run driver struck Tere’s Grill on Melrose this past spring, and other spots all over town have had their share of bad luck over the years.