Albany fire department uses jaws of life to extricate the driver of a Honda Civic badly damaged in the accident. Photo: Jane Tierney.

A seemingly out-of-control BMW careened careered down Solano Avenue Sunday morning, sending at least two people to hospital and damaging seven other cars. Shahram Farshchi, the driver of the car, told Albany Patch, “I believe I had a seizure, or something like a seizure, because I don’t remember anything.”

Farshchi, a 56-year old biochemist who lives in Berkeley, was arrested by the Berkeley police and released with a misdemeanor citation.

Farshchi was driving west on Solano when he first hit a Honda with a woman and child inside near Colusa. There were no injuries in that collision. He continued down Solano into Albany, finally coming to a halt near the intersection with Peralta Avenue. The Berkeley police made the arrest for the first hit-and-run collision.

Eyewitnesses told Berkeleyside and Albany Patch that the car accelerated down Solano, passing cars on the wrong side of the double yellow line. Read Albany Patch’s extensive coverage of the accident.

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...