News Update: Hollywood, CA: Fox 11 Reporter Hal Eisner and Photojournalist Joab Perez continue to recover in hospital after being struck by suspected Driving Under the Influence driver.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, and Fox affiliate KTTV Channel 11 (Information):

Hollywood, California: Fox 11 Reporter Hal Eisner and Photojournalist Joab Perez continues to recover in the hospital after being struck by suspected Driving Under the Influence driver on Friday, March 19th, 2021.

Picture: KTTV Fox 11 (Courtesy):

The crash involving a white SUV occurred at around 3:15 p.m. PT along the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame along the 6800 block of West Hollywood Boulevard, and left several people injured, including the Fox 11 reporter and photojournalist.

According to Los Angeles Police Department Caption Brian Wendling, the driver was impaired and heading in the wrong direction when the SUV jumped the curb and crashed into the Hollywood Market Liquor Store.

Fox 11 Reporter Hal Eisner and Photojournalist Joab Perez were working on a story about the reopening of El Capitan Theatre on West Hollywood Boulevard as Los Angeles County entered the less-restrictive red tier earlier in the week when the crash occurred.

Video: KTTV Fox 11 via YouTube (Courtesy):

Fox affiliate KTTV Channel 11 reports that Reporter Hal Eisner and Photojournalist Joab Perez were in the middle of an interview when they were caught off guard by an ambulance approaching.

Hal Eisner, Joab Perez and two tourists from Washington were focused on the ambulance when the suspected D.U.I. driver came from the other direction, crashing into all of them in front of the Highland Market store.

Hal Eisner and Joab Perez were both taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, four of the five people injured were taken to a local trauma center in serious to critical condition, and all of the victims were later listed in stable condition and are expected to survive.

The driver of the white SUV was not injured and was taken to the hospital and told officers that he fell asleep at the wheel.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the driver, only being identified as a 55 year old man, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

“By the grace of God we have not lost someone, we got five very significant injuries and to see this accident behind me is just so disheartening. A DUI driver that is so reckless in his actions as to cause this collision is just heartbreaking,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.

Hal Eisner gave an update on social media Saturday night after he was injured, writing in his post, “As I lay here in a hospital bed at Cedars-Sinai I want to take a minute to say thank you, I love you, you’re amazing and I’m grateful. I’m grateful to be alive,” he said. “I’m grateful for all of our heartfelt comments and the many feelings you’ve expressed since Friday’s awful auto-pedestrian crash that involved FOX11 photographer Joab Perez, myself and three other people on Hollywood Blvd. “…I have a gash on my right hand, a knee fracture and pretty serious and painful back spasms. I have a leg brace, my hand is wrapped and the spasms are very painful. But, I will get over this. One of the best meds has been your caring and outreach! Thank you for your love and support! Hugs!”

 

As of Monday, March 22nd, 2021, Fox affiliate KTTV Channel 11 reports that Hal Eisner and Joab Perez are still hospitalized but are awake and in good spirits; with Hal Eisner even got a chance to watch FOX 11 News at 5 p.m. from his hospital bed to see his colleagues report.

Picture: KTTV Fox 11 (Courtesy):

According to Fox affiliate KTTV Channel 11, reporter Hal Eisner has worked in television in Los Angeles for more than 38 years, with most of those years being with FOX 11 and My 13. He is the host of In Depth and has a podcast titled, What the Hal?.

Picture: KTTV Fox 11 (Courtesy):

According to Fox affiliate KTTV Channel 11, photojournalist Joab Perez has been with FOX 11 for nearly three years. Anchor and The Issue Is host Elex Michaelson says Perez brings “passion and positivity to every story he works on.”

Messages of love and support have been flooding in for the two journalists, from fans as well as other journalists, all wishing for a speedy recovery.

You can leave a message of support on the FOXLA Facebook page or Instagram.

ZachNews sends our thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery to all of the people who were injured in the vehicle into building crash, including Reporter Hal Eisner and Photojournalist Joab Perez with Fox affiliate KTTV Channel 11. We are all with you in your recovery, and hope you all stay strong as you all heal.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding this breaking news story.

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