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By Sheetal Sukhija | Friday January 19, 2018
Car rams into crowd at Copacabana beach in Rio, 15 injured
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - A car ploughed through a crowd at Copacabana beach promenade in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on Thursday evening in what appeared to be an apparent accident. The speeding black Hyundai car mowed down evening strollers along the Avenida Atlântica road, the crowded promenade at Copacabana beach, killing an eight-month-old baby and injuring 15 people. Those injured in the incident were lying on the pavement following the incident. Witnesses told reporters that the car drove over a cycle path and across the promenade, hitting people and crashing through tables and chairs, before stopping on the sand of the beach. The driver fled the scene after the accident but the Copacabana police managed to immediately arrest him. He reportedly told the police he lost control of his car and drove into the crowded seaside boardwalk. According to a report in the G1 news website, the driver said he had an epileptic fit, and subsequently, medicine for epilepsy was also found in the car. The police later said that there was no indication that the Copacabana incident was deliberate. In a statement later, Colonel Angelotti from the local police force confirmed that the driver is suspected of...Read more
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