Car Plows Into Coco’s Restaurant

The vehicle narrowly missed a customer who was dining inside, employees said

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    NBC 7 San Diego
    The damage left behind after a car crashed into a Coco's diner in Oceanside Tuesday morning.

    Police and emergency crews were called to a Coco’s restaurant in Oceanside Tuesday morning after a woman accidentally drove her car into the eatery, officials confirmed.

    The incident happened around 8:45 a.m. at a Coco’s located at 3905 Mission Ave.

    Coco's employee Odeysse Bradford was waiting on a table when, suddenly, she said she saw a car come up a small embankment and crash straight into a window where her customer was sitting.

    "It was very scary," Bradford told NBC 7, adding that the car appeared to be traveling fast just second before the collision.

    Bradford said her customer sustained some scrapes but wasn't seriously injured. He was walking just fine, asking for a Band-Aid after the crash, she said.

    Bradford said the driver of the vehicle, who appeared to be an older woman, was also not seriously harmed in the incident.

    The building was heavily damaged, with shattered glass and debris scattered throughout the dining room. Still, Bradford is relieved no one was hurt.

    "We had a crazy morning, there's lots of glass everywhere, but everybody is okay. We all made it through," she said.

    Coco's manager Paul Pongun seconds that sentiment, and his happy all of his employees and customers are safe.

    Pongun said he was in his office making a phone call when he heard a loud "boom" and screams coming from the dining room.

    Upon running out and seeing the wreckage, Pongun immediately thought about the customer who had been sitting by the window. Pongun said he was extremely glad to find out that the customer had not been seriously injured.

    According to police, the driver who plowed into the restaurant lost control of her Toyota Avalon. The driver was evaluated at the scene for minor injuries.

    Officials said the woman’s car became lodged in the restaurant building, raising some concerns about removal. Building inspectors were called to the scene to determine how to get the vehicle out safely.

    The incident remains under investigation and details about what caused the driver to lose control of her vehicle were not immediately released.

    The restaurant was shut down for the day following the accident but Pongun said they would try to re-open by Wednesday if possible.
     

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