LOS ANGELES -- A Paramount man who was behind the wheel of a BMW that crashed into two men standing in front of a parked car outside a Los Angeles strip club, causing them to lose limbs, was charged this week with drunken driving.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba ordered Terrence Conrad Meeks, 40, held on $160,000 bail while he awaits arraignment March 25 on one felony count each of driving under the influence causing injury and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol causing injury, along with allegations of great bodily injury and injury to more than one person.
Meeks drove into the two men, who were pinned against a parked Mini- Cooper, after leaving the strip club at Olympic Boulevard and McGarry Street early Sunday, according to police.
One of the men had both legs severed below the knee, according to Deputy District Attorney John Gilligan. The second man had to have his right leg amputated after it was crushed. Both remain hospitalized.
There was no evidence the crash was the result of a hate crime, according to prosecutors.
If convicted, he faces up to five years in state prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Sal Wilson, who had both of his legs severed in the crash, told ABC7 from his hospital bed that after he was struck he "could feel him accelerating against my legs. "
"I looked down and there was my leg. My leg was
He said when he got a look at the driver who struck him, "it looked like he was going through some kind of psychotic episode or something, that he was scared. I don't know, I just don't think it's fair. "
Wilson also said he felt it was unfair that Meeks was not charged with attempted murder.
"It's just not right," he told the station. "I don't think it's fair that a man gets $160,000 bail for taking out (two) men's legs. "