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Good Samaritans Stop Suspected DUI Driver From Fleeing Scene After Crash

The driver, who was charged with felony DUI, was also reportedly responsible for a hit-and-run near the Magic Castle in Hollywood just before the crash.

Three good Samaritans stopped a suspected DUI driver who slammed into an Uber full of passengers Monday and attempted to flee the scene.

Six people were hurt, four of them critically, when the driver sped through a stop sign and crashed into the Uber, which then hit a building in Hollywood, according to authorities.

"I heard a smash and did not expect what I had seen," said Dovi Levin, one of the good Samaritans who chased the driver after he fled.

The collision between the Mercedes SUV and Prius driven by the Uber driver took place about 6 a.m. at 7432 Melrose Ave., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

All of the victims were adults -- three women and three men -- ranging in age from the late 20s to early 30s, said fire department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. Four of the victims were transported in critical condition and two with serious injuries.

L.A.'s Building and Safety department responded to evaluate the structure which was hit by the Prius after the impact of the crash, Stewart said. There's no word yet on the outcome of their inspection.

The driver has been charged with felony DUI, according to LAPD. He was also responsible for a hit-and-run near the Magic Castle in Hollywood, moments before the crash.

The LAPD's investigation was continuing.

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