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Sacramento police identified the driver as 59-year-old Rick Alarcon.
He faces attempted homicide and felony DUI charges.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Two bicyclists were hospitalized Thursday after they were hit by a driver in midtown Sacramento.
Around 6:20 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department says officers responded to the area of 26th and P streets where a bicyclist had been hit by a vehicle.
Blocks down 26th Street on S Street, officers learned another bicyclist had been hit and found the driver still in the area, according to police.
Witnesses told FOX40 the suspect then crashed into a parked car, jumped out and tried to run away. A witness said he helped chase after the suspect and helped the injured bicyclist after the crash.
“I ran after the guy. I thought he was fleeing the scene, so I ran after him,” said Jordan Cull. “He starts pounding on everybody’s car. He’s walking into oncoming traffic. He kept going down one way going down another that’s when the officer came up and took care of him.”
The driver, who investigators say was behind both incidents, was detained by officers at the scene.
Both bicyclists were transported to local hospitals with major injuries, according to Sacramento police. They are both expected to survive.
Witnesses at the scene told FOX40 they believed the driver appeared to have intentionally hit the bicyclists and investigators later echoed their suspicions.
Police say the driver will be arrested on felony assault charges.
This story is developing. Check back for more information.