Driver arrested after allegedly striking 9 pedestrians, including 2 kids in Canada

Driver arrested after allegedly striking 9 pedestrians, including 2 kids in Canada
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A 38-year-old man is in police custody after multiple pedestrians were hit by a car in Montréal-Nord Wednesday, APA reports citing CBC.

Montreal police spokesperson Const. Manuel Couture said a total of nine people were hit, but none were seriously injured.

At least six adults and two children were transported to hospital, he said.

The incident began at the corner Langelier Boulevard and de Dijon Street just before 1 p.m., Couture said.

The driver allegedly hit a pedestrian and failed to stop, driving down Dijon, onto the sidewalk and into a group of people near the Valade Avenue intersection.

Couture said police don't yet know if the collisions were deliberate or accidental, or if alcohol or drugs played a role.

"What we are trying to verify is what his state of mind was when he was behind the wheel," said Couture.

"Was he in touch with reality? Was he in a state of crisis? What was he thinking, exactly, at that moment? Did he know exactly what he was doing? Was it deliberate? These are questions that investigators must ask themselves."

Police investigators are on the scene, Couture said, and the driver will be questioned.

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