Tacos El Bello was busy serving customers out of their trailer, parked near a gas station at the intersection of Maple and Belmont.
But just after seven, the evening was interrupted by a driver, who Fresno police say drove a van into the crowd, then crashed into the trailer.
The driver then reversed, got out of the van, and ran away.
BREAKING: 2 people injured after a hit-and-run in East Central Fresno. The van crashed into a person and this taco truck before the driver ran away. Police searching for him now. 1 person had minor injuries, running away from the van. The man hit is at CRMC, expected to be OK. pic.twitter.com/vD5BHnhzeY— Nic Garcia (@NicABC30) October 10, 2021
Alcohol is suspected to be a factor.
"The area inside the van is strewn about with a 12-pack of Bud Light beer," said Fresno police Lt. Paul Cervantes.
Witnesses also saw the man discard an opened can of beer as he ran away.
The suspected driver was arrested at a home nearby. His name has not been released.
The crash left the trailer with extensive damage.
"It actually caused the axle to be bent... that's a testament to the fact of how much force was utilized by that vehicle," said Cervantes.
A woman also received minor injuries as she lept out of the path of the approaching van. She did not need to go to the hospital. A man was taken to Community Regional Medical Center and is expected to be OK.