BROCKTON, MASS. (WHDH) - A 20-year-old man was taken to an area hospital early Monday morning after he was hit by a car that may have been doing donuts in a Brockton parking lot, police said. 

Brockton Police Director of Communications Darren Duarte said the incident happened in the area of 696 Crescent Street near 1:15 a.m. 

Emergency crews responded and brought the injured man to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brocton, Duarte said. The man was later flown by helicopter to a Boston hospital. 

Duarte said the man was in serious condition. 

While the man received treatment, Duarte said, police were investigating whether drivers were doing donuts with their vehicles “when one of the vehicles swung around and hit the victim.”

“I just heard a lot of commotion,” said Jovan Cruz on Monday, recalling the scene hours earlier.  “Like, people just screaming. Everyone was in shock at what happened.”

“I just saw cars flying out and fleeing the scene and stuff and everyone was surrounding the car,” Cruz continued. “I think someone was helping pull the guy out of the car.”

Cruz had just arrived at the shopping center when this incident happened.

He said the gathering was for car enthusiasts like himself, saying it provides drivers the chance to show off their cars to others. 

Cruz admitted some drivers can get carried away.

“He went under the car and they were trying to pull him out,” he said.

“We like to just come here and chill,” he said. “We park and chill. We don’t like to cause trouble. Some people just come here and do takeovers and ruin it for us.”

Alberto Mendes helps run the Santana Restaurant & Function Hall next to the shopping center. He said issues like the ones seen Monday morning have been a problem for months. 

“Everytime you call 911, the lady tells me, ‘Oh this is no emergency. I don’t understand what you say.’ Every time, every week,” Mendes said.

Mendes said the people using the hall where he works complain of the smell of burned rubber and the noise. 

Asked how often he’s called 911, he responded — “Every day of the week. Twice, three times a week.” 

Asked how many people or cars he sees, he responded again — “50, 60, 100 sometimes.” 

Duarte said investigators had no suspects identified as of around 8:15 a.m. and asked anyone with information to contact Brockton police. 

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