One woman was injured early this evening after a car crashed into the dining room of Pizza Buona restaurant in Echo Park. The woman, who was standing outside the longtime pizzeria at Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street, was dragged about 20 feet through the empty dining room before the red Acura Integra sedan came to a stop amid a pile of broken tables, chairs and glass, said Israel Palacios, who was working in the kitchen of the family owned restaurant. His mother, Otilia Schweitzer, had finished spreading table cloths in the dining room shortly before the crash took place at about 5 p.m.
“I heard what sounded like an explosion” followed by screaming, said Palacios. “I thought it was my mother.”
Palacios and other workers cleared away the debris covering the woman, who was pregnant, Palacios said. A fire department spokesman said information about the injured person was not readily available.
The driver, according to Palacios, remained on the scene until authorities arrived. The driver lost control of his vehicle as he was turning southbound on Alvarado from westbound Sunset, according to Palacios.
Palacios’ family has been through this before. More than 20 years ago, a vehicle plunged through the dining room killing a child that was outside near the bus stop. “This is a very dangerous intersection,” said Palacios.
- Car plows into pizza restaurant in Echo Park. CBS2