A fight near Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley on Saturday morning sent one person to the hospital. Photo: A citizen reporter

A fight broke out in Berkeley in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 16, sending a 20-year-old Richmond man to the hospital with head trauma, authorities said.

Berkeley Police Lt. Dave Frankel said the incident began at about 2:10 a.m. at Channing Way and Telegraph Avenue.

“Words were exchanged, a fight started and one guy was severely beaten and kicked by the group,” he said via email.

The man was taken by ambulance to the hospital with head trauma.

A fight near Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley on Saturday morning sent one person to the hospital. (The people in the photographs are bystanders and first responders who were helping a man who was severely beaten.) Photo: A citizen reporter

Frankel said, as of Saturday, the man was not on life support, and is expected to survive.

One witness said she saw the fight in its entirety. (Berkeleyside agreed not to name her for safety reasons, as the culprits have not been arrested.)

She said a group of five males got out of one car, and had a confrontation with three males from another vehicle.

“One of the five guys started beating up two guys from the other car, he was very strong and aggressive,” she said, via email. “It was around 2 a.m., the street was very quiet.”

She began to scream, and the group of five got into their vehicle and left.

“But the guy who was beating did beat the two guys for a long time and especially one of the them,” she said. “He was beating him on the floor, giving kicks in his head. This guy got really injured.”

Police were unable to locate the suspects, who were described as five black men in their 20s driving a four-door white sedan.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call Berkeley Police Department’s Homicide Detail at 510-981-5741.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...