Pickup plows into 4 outside Shinola store in Detroit

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit — Four people were hit Thursday afternoon by a pickup outside the Shinola Detroit store, police said.

Three of the four pedestrians, who ranged in age from 50-73, were hospitalized after the incident, which occurred about 5:30 p.m.

Two were in temporary serious condition. The oldest man, who suffered head trauma, was listed in critical condition, police said.

The 42-year-old man behind the wheel of a westbound blue Chevy pickup was “traveling at a high rate of speed” when he swerved and hit the two men and two women on Canfield, as well as two vehicles, said Detroit Police Cmdr. Elvin Barren.

The truck continued a short distance before a passenger inside apparently grabbed the steering wheel and stopped the driver, Barren said. “It does appear he was trying to escape.”

The driver, who was unhurt, was arrested. Police are working to determine whether he was under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both, Barren said.

Scott Lowell, co-owner of the Traffic Jam & Snug restaurant across the street, was in an upstairs office when he heard a series of loud thuds. He rushed out and spotted the four pedestrians lying on the ground, being attended by others.

“I was hopeful the people were OK and not deceased,” he said.

The street was filled with walkers and diners as police blocked off the intersection and tended to the scene.

The incident occurred near a “Tesla Explores” event, which according to the automaker’s website is traveling the country with a Model X SUV, custom Airstream trailer and mobile gallery.

“Our employees are safe and accounted for, and our thoughts are with those who were injured,” a Tesla representative said in a statement Thursday night, adding the company is cooperating with authorities.