Van slams into Echo Park restaurant building

Van crashed into the corner of Lemoyne Street and Sunset Boulevard/Photo by Michael

A van crashed into the side of an Echo Park restaurant this morning, causing minor damage and no injuries.

The circumstances of the crash were not known but the van ended up on the sidewalk, wedged between a utility pole and the brick building that houses Xoia Vietnamese restaurant at the northwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and Lemoyne Street.

Restaurant owner Thien Ho said some bricks on the building and a roll down gate sustained minimal damage. “Luckily no one was injured,” said Ho, whose restaurant remains open.

Pieces of traffic signal left on sidewalk/Photo by Michael


  1. Bike lanes would keep this from happening ever again!

  2. I would love more bike lanes. However, I don’t know how a bike lane could’ve prevented this accident. Maybe eastsidearts is being sarcastic, better a lightpole than a biker?

    We heard that the driver swerved to avoiding hitting someone after someone rear-ended him. If that’s the case, kudos, great driving. No one was hurt and it’s the least damage possible – imagine if hitting another car or the building straight on? Or, the wooden post and knocking it down? Major damage, power outage. Glad everyone is okay! And yay Xoia, for the resilience!

  3. The driver was probably headed to Par Paints for five gallons of Benjamin Moore cameo white, and when he walked into Xoia Vietnamese Restaurant, he probably said, “What the pho?” He was still in shock as he climbed into his van and attempted to drive away.

  4. A drive thru would keep this from happening ever again!

  5. Traffic signals cost $200,000 or more to install. This a-hole caused a lot of property damage and, like the dumbass whose truck exploded under the 5 freeway, will never pay back the public for the damage caused.

    I blame Obama and all the bike riders for this! Obamaaaaaaaaa!

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