Spectators hit by car at San Jose sideshow during raucous weekend

A car hit an onlooker at a crowded side show in San Jose over Labor/Day weekend.

Dozens of spectators rushed to the man’s aid.

But the car that hit the spectators went away fast. The hands of the police stood side by side at three different intersections in the early hours of Sunday morning.

In the drone footage, a man was hit by a speeding car. While the person is lying on the ground, the car bolts. Sideshow took place in councilman David Cohen’s district.

“In a single night, they would go to several places across the city,” Cohen said. “When the police come, they’ve decided they’re going to move to a new place.”

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Reckless driving was on full display at a weekend sideshow at Mabury and Lanfest Roads in San Jose at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Cars were seen doing donuts and passengers were hanging from windows. Young spectators are seen hitting records on their cell phones.

Neighbors say it’s terrible.

“There’s smoke and I was like ‘What’s up?’ I was really scared that my husband was trying to go into the patio and I was like ‘No, don’t go,'” said Radhika Chintalpati of San Jose.

Earlier in the night, similar scenes were seen on Monterey Road and 10th Street and East Alma Avenue. Other cars and a VTA bus are seen stuck in traffic, forced to sit and watch until police arrive and break it down.

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“My understanding from what I heard was that they didn’t arrive in time to shut them down and confiscate the cars on the spot,” Cohen said. “I believe they go after the participants after the fact.”

San Jose has ordinances that go after sideshow participants and promoters, fines up to $1,000 and jail time.

Looking at the activity over the weekend, neighbors said that the city did not seem to be making a dent.

“It feels like, I’m feeling hopeless like everyone else,” Cohen said.

Cohen said the city is exploring tracking when and where the shows will take place.

Soon, residents may see more yellow barriers at sideshow hotspots making intersections narrower and less attractive. One project is set up on the Verona and Yerba Buena Roads.

Residents want to be able to rest comfortably at night.

“It’s tough,” said Chintalpati. “It’s definitely not going to be a peaceful neighborhood. It’s depressing.”

There are no updates from police on social media on any citation issues or confiscation of cars during Labor Day weekend.

Ezenith Smith is a reporter for KTVU. email at zenith azenith.smith@fox.com And follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AzenithKTVU or Facebook or ktvu.com.

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