The van ran a red light and hit another vehicle before hurtling into the diners in the outside dining area of The Fish Spot restaurant.
Los Angeles Fire Department said that nine people were assessed at the scene and eight were transported. The vehicle knocked down a white picket fence that served as a barrier between diners and pedestrians on the sidewalk. A witness to the crash said the van jumped a curb and careened into a group of people eating outside The Fish Spot restaurant in the city's Mid-Wilshire neighborhood. The witness said the man seemed disoriented. Bystanders detained him less than a block away.
The man, who has not been identified, was booked on suspicion of felony hit and run.
A 44-year-old man was reportedly in critical condition. Four others were in fair condition with their ages ranging from 18-51.
The incident appears to be accidental, police said. She said the driver had swerved around some cars and was suddenly there among the tables with customers under the van. An off-duty firefighter with the department was in the crowd but did not get injured.
This article was originally published at 4:35 p.m. According to police, neither driver was injured.
Both drivers remain at the scene.