5 pedestrians, including 2 infants, struck by car in Miami Beach

Five pedestrians, including two infants, were hit by a car Sunday in Miami Beach, police said.

Ernesto Rodriquez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department, said the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. at 18th Street and Meridian Avenue. 

The pedestrians and the male driver were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Rodriguez said Sunday night the adult victims were in stable condition, but the infants were listed in critical condition.

"We heard a big bang outside," said Jason Terrence, a witness. "It looked like a bomb had gun off. There were bodies on the sidewalk. There was dirt all over the actual people who were injured." 

Terrence said he ran out of his apartment and began helping the victims, including two infants and possibly their mother.

Terrence said the children were inside a stroller when the car struck.

Rodriquez said investigators were conducting a drunken-driving investigation.

A photo from the scene shows a black Mercedes crashed into some palm trees along a sidewalk. The car appears to have also crashed into a metal trashcan and a motor scooter.

Police closed Meridian Avenue between 17th and 18th streets and advised people to use alternate routes.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho decried the crash on Twitter Sunday.

"Families should be safe to spend their Sunday walking South Florida’s streets without fear of being mowed down by an apparent drunk driver," Carvalho said.

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