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Originally published June 16, 2011 at 3:22 PM | Page modified June 16, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Driver crashes into pack of Los Angeles bicyclists

A driver plowed into a group of bicyclists early Thursday in a suspected drunken-driving crash that injured 11 riders, at least one critically, police said.

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LOS ANGELES — A driver plowed into a group of bicyclists early Thursday in a suspected drunken-driving crash that injured 11 riders, at least one critically, police said.

About 100 cyclists were on a ride about 8 miles south of downtown Los Angeles when they were struck by a Honda Civic about 2 a.m.

Some bicyclists told KTTV a woman driving the car appeared to be using a cellphone before the crash. They said she slowed and then sped up and slammed into the group, sending some riders flying into the air and dragging at least one under her car.

Some witnesses said the car didn't stop as it mowed down a row of riders.

Television reports showed the car's smashed front end and shattered windshield.

Christine Elizabeth Dahab, 27, of Los Angeles, was booked for investigation of DUI and remained jailed on $15,000 bail, according to a Sheriff's Department website.

The crash injured 11 riders, including at least one person who was hospitalized in critical condition, said Officer Jacquelyn Abad.

The riders were taking part in a weekly midnight ride starting in Koreatown. Night rides by loose confederations of riders have become increasingly popular in Los Angeles.

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