Van driver crashes into 3 people at Stockton Flea Market

STOCKTON- A driver of a van hit three people at a Stockton Flea Market on Wilson Way late Sunday afternoon according to the California Highway Patrol.

Then, according to one witness, the driver took off "like a bat out of hell."

CHP believed the driver of a blue and white van had mechanical problems with vehicle.

Just after 5p.m. the driver hit several stands inside the Wilson Way Flea Market and crashed into a fence. In the process, the driver also hit two youngsters and an older man.

The driver didn't stop though.

"I think accidently, he didn't see the children; he got nervous and took off," said vendor Ivan Gutierrez.

"He took off this way like a bat out of hell and 2 cars chased him," said shopper Abraham Rodriguez.

After striking three people and two vehicles, the driver took off, but didn't get far. He ended up stopping in the parking lot of the flea market.

CHP is still investigating the incident. But the agency said it appears that the driver was dealing with "mechanical failure."

According to the CHP the man was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

The investigation into the collisions is still underway. The CHP is interviewing witnesses and the three pedestrians struck.

The CHP says it's to early to say if any criminal charges will be filed.

According to witnesses, the driver was a vendor at the flea market. The CHP said the van driver had a valid driver's license.


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