Car Crashes in to San Diego Restaurant

Dec 5, 2011 10:21am

A car whose driver told police she mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the brake careened into a San Diego-area restaurant , scattering diners.

The accident occurred around 2 p.m. Friday at the Surati Farsan Mart in Mira Mesa, Calif., just outside San Diego.

The car, a 2000 tan Honda driven by a female driver, shattered a glass window and landed inside the Indian-food restaurant.

Raj Patel, the restaurant’s owner, told ABC News he was working in the kitchen when he heard the crash. “There were another two ladies sitting right in the middle,” Patel said of the scene in his restaurant right before the crash.  “When the car hit that table, the table went up high and the two people went flying.”

The two women Patel saw sent flying were among three people who suffered minor injuries in the crash.  The other was a man who was hit while walking out the door. “He got pushed into the door and got thrown back … and landed on the floor,” Patel said.

Because the driver veered to the right upon impact, the car narrowly avoided other nearby customers, who still remained shocked at the scene. “I heard the noise of the tire,”  eyewitness Amir Eslami said.  “And immediately saw broken glass and heard the scream of the ladies.”

All three people were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries, including scrapes and bruises, the San Diego police said.

The driver of the car was reportedly shocked and shaken after the crash, but suffered no injuries.

The crash is now under investigation.  Officials said the car’s brakes and transmission were working, and the woman was not drinking or doing drugs.

“Looks like they probably stepped on a little bit of the gas pedal as well, causing the car to actually go into the restaurant,” San Diego Police Department Lt. Jerry Hara said.

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