Driver Plows Through COVID Vaccine Clinic, Intentionally Hits Worker: Los Angeles Police

A worker at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in northern Los Angeles County was injured on Saturday after a vehicle drove into the clinic and hit them, authorities told local media outlets.

The incident took place in the late afternoon shortly after 4:30 p.m., The Los Angeles Times reported.The disrupted vaccine clinic was set up along the 22900 block of Market Street in Newhall, a community located in Santa Clarita, California.

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were called to the clinic after the vehicle drove into the area, according to local news station KTLA. In addition to striking the clinic worker, the vehicle also knocked over signs and traffic cones that were set up in the space.

The injured worker, who was not publicly identified, was struck by one of the vehicle's side mirrors and suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization, authorities said.

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A worker at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in northern Los Angeles County was injured after a vehicle struck them at the clinic over the weekend. Above, a nurse fills a syringe with Johnson & Johnson's vaccine at a clinic in Pasadena, California, on August 19, 2021. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Authorities believe that the driver, who was not identified, may have hit the worker on purpose.

After the worker was struck, the vehicle left the area and fled the scene. It is not yet known if the driver knew the worker who was injured.

The vaccine clinic was closed after the incident occurred, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

"We are saddened by this terrible incident, and our thoughts and prayers are with the person injured," the department's statement read. "Public health is working with local authorities and the vaccination site has closed as the investigation is underway."

The incident was under investigation on Sunday as an assault with a deadly weapon, said the sheriff's department.

The driver had not been publicly identified or located as of Sunday morning. Police were searching for a dark gray sedan and were calling upon anyone with information about the incident to contact the authorities, according to KTLA.

Authorities described the suspect as a man in his 60s who had short gray hair and weighed an estimated 200 pounds. The man was believed to have been wearing sunglasses and a polo shirt at the time of the incident.

Newsweek reached out to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.