Driver Who Struck Man on Sidewalk Pulled From Burning Porsche

Two people were hospitalized after the early morning crash west of downtown Los Angeles

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A Porsche SUV burned on the side of a street near MacArthur Park. Video broadcast Thursday Aug. 21, 2014 on NBC4.

Witnesses pulled a driver from a burning Porsche after the sport utility vehicle struck a man on the sidewalk Thursday morning near Macarthur Park.

The pedestrian was hospitalized with head injuries and a broken arm, according to police. The driver of the Porsche also was hospitalized with a head injuries, police said.

Details regarding their conditions were not immediately available. The injuries are not considered life-threatening.

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The crash occurred just after midnight Thursday near Wilshire Boulevard and Parkview Street, next to the park west of downtown Los Angeles. The driver struck a man on the sidewalk before slamming into a cement guard rail, where the SUV burned.

Residents said they heard the crash from the other side of the park.

"You could hear and see people smashing glass trying to get the driver out," said John Paul Sutliff. "Then the fire grew real fast. It was amazing how quickly the fire got so big."

Video showed several explosions as the fire destroyed the Porsche.

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