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2014-11-13 08:45

HORROR CRASH IN BRAZIL: A screen grab from an AP video posted on YouTube shows the vehicle wrecked when it ploughed into churchgoers in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Image: AP

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Police are searching for the driver of a car which ploughed at high-speed into a group of churchgoers as they stood on the pavement following a service.

At least 15 people were injured - among them seven children.

Police reported on November 10 2014 that two other people were riding in the car in which they found what appeared to be cocaine, marijuana and alcohol, believed to have contributed to the November 9 incident.

CHILDREN INJURED

At least two people were in 'critical' condition at Sao Paulo hospitals, one an unidentified three-year-old boy and the other Washington Pirola, a pastor at the Eagle Vision pentecostal church outside which the crash took place, according to the G1 news portal of the Globo TV network.

Video: Car plows into pedestrians in Brazil (warning - the video is in Spanish)

The driver and passengers fled on foot shortly after smashing into the group on the pavement and into a parked car that also had people inside.

Police have not released the names of any suspects.

The front of the suspects' vehicle showed the violence of the impact as its windshield was smashed, along with the front bumper and bonnet.

Fabio Souza, the original owner of car, went to a police station after being contacted by local media who tracked him down through the car's number plate. He showed officers the contract from when he sold the vehicle, a Fiat Marea, to prove he wasn't responsible for the accident.

The car was later sold again and police believe the third owner of the vehicle is the man who was driving.
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