BERKELEY -- An Oakland woman was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and other charges after hitting three visually impaired people at a Berkeley intersection and then driving away, police said.

Berkeley police on Thursday afternoon arrested Sherri Carbone Cruz, 53, after the three pedestrians, who were walking at the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Haste Street, were hit, Berkeley police Capt. Erik Upson said. The pedestrians suffered minor to moderate injuries, but did not need to go to the hospital, Upson said.

Upson said Cruz drove away in her black Chevy Camaro. Police spotted the car at Channing Way and Shattuck Avenue not long after the collision, detained Cruz and later discovered that she had been involved in another collision while fleeing the scene of the first collision.

The driver in the second crash suffered minor injuries, police said.

The pedestrians in the first collisionwere in a crosswalk but it was not known if the driver knew they are pedestrians visually impaired.

Shortly after 5 p.m,Cruz was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, possession of methamphetamine, bringing a controlled substance into the jail, and felony driving under the influence, Upson said. During booking, police discovered, a small bag containing a white powdery substance, which later tested positive for the presence of amphetamines, police said.

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