On 12 January 2023, the driver of an SUV deliberately drove into a crowd of pedestrians crossing the street at the intersection of Tianhe road and Tiyudong road in central Guangzhou during evening rush hour traffic. Local eyewitnesses described the driver hitting a crowd of crossing pedestrians, making a U-turn, and then driving into the same group of pedestrians for a second time before fleeing the scene. At least five pedestrians were killed and 13 others were injured. A local police spokesperson stated that the driver of the vehicle has been detained, and an investigation has been launched to determine a motive for the event.