DUI Suspected after SUV Slams into Playa Vista-area Gym
An SUV heading northbound along South Centinela Avenue on the outskirts of Playa Vista crashed through the front of Evolution Fitness on Monday night after striking another vehicle.
The gym was closed at the time and Los Angeles police arrested the SUV’s driver on suspicion of driving under the influence, said Sgt. Cynthia Barlow of the LAPD’s West Traffic Bureau.
The crash occurred at about 10 p.m. after the SUV struck another vehicle during an attempt to change lanes, Barlow said.
The SUV took out a wall and destroyed several exercise bikes inside the gym, located near the terminus of Bluff Creek Drive at 6826 S. Centinela Ave. in what’s technically Culver City.
Del Rey resident Shannon Rose was at the nearby Chevron gas station when the crash occurred and said he heard the initial impact of the SUV colliding with the other vehicle, which he described as a Chevy Tahoe, before it crashed into Evolution Fitness.
“People often drive really fast on that part of Centinela, especially late at night,” Rose said. “Just an hour before [the accident] people were exercising in there.”
— Gary Walker