ECHO PARK — An SUV crashed into the Sunset Boulevard offices of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals this morning, smashing through an approximately 12-foot-high wall of glass and into a waiting area where staff members had gathered only minutes before. No injuries were reported, according to a PETA official and the L.A. Fire Department.
The black Toyota SUV was driven by an elderly couple who did not require medical treatment, according to fire fighters at nearby LAFD Station No. 20. The PETA offices remained opened following the crash that took place at about 10 a.m.
PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said she heard a large “boom” come from the area near the front of the building where she and other employees had gathered only minutes before.
“It sounded like an explosion,” she said. “We came running out and there was this SUV in the building.”
Large curled sheets of glass filled the area, and the sofa where PETA employees had been seated was shoved by the SUV to the other side of the room, where a receptionist narrowly missed being struck, Reiman said. No employees were injured and the office remained opened.
It’s not clear what caused the crash but the PETA offices in the 2100 block of Sunset Boulevard sit on what has been dubbed the “Mohawk Bend,” a curving section of Sunset Boulevard near Mohawk Street that has been the scene of numerous crashes, several of which have resulted in fatalities.
— PETA (@peta) January 16, 2015