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5-car crash in Redondo Beach sounded like sonic booms [Udate]

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Five cars were totaled in aSunday afternoon on the Esplanade in Redondo Beach. Photo by Robert Sheer

Five cars were totaled in aSunday afternoon on the Esplanade in Redondo Beach. Photo by Robert Sheer

A black Mercedes that witnesses said was traveling north on the Esplanade in Redondo Beach at 50 to 70 miles per hour caused a six-car collision at about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Four of the damaged cars were parked.  The posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour.

Police confirmed this week that the driver of the Mercedes suffered an epileptic seizure, which led to him losing control of his car. The Mercedes driver has not been identified. Four people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

“I was engrossed in the Great Memorial Golf Tournament when I heard what sounded like three sonic booms,” said Robert Sheer, who lives on the Esplanade, just south of Avenue H, where the accident occurred. Photographs he took from his balcony show the driver of the Mercedes handcuffed to a gurney. The photos also show five cars that all appear to be totalled. A 12-pack of Coors beer is among the debris scattered down the street.

The driver suspected of causing the crash was handcuffed to his gurney. Photo by Izela Sheer.

The driver suspected of causing the crash was handcuffed to his gurney. Photo by Izela Sheer.

“I was engrossed in the Great Memorial Golf Tournament when I heard what sounded like three sonic booms,” said Robert Sheer, who lives on the Esplanade, just south of Avenue H. Photographs he took from his balcony show the driver of the Mercedes handcuffed to a gurney. The photos also show five cars that all appear to be totalled. A 12-pack of Coors beer is among the debris scattered down the street.

Police take into custody the driver suspected of causing the collisions. Photo by Rich Loeffler

Police take into custody the driver suspected of causing the collisions. Photo by Rich Loeffler

“It was a warm busy beach day, so it’s a miracle no one going to the beach was killed. My wife and two-year-old were preparing to leave our home when the accident occurred, but fortunately were delayed.” he said.

Service trucks remove cars damaged in the accident. Photo by Rich Loeffler

Service trucks remove cars damaged in the accident. Photo by Rich Loeffler