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Elderly Man Hits Gas Pedal Accidentally, Slamming into Del Mar Restaurant

A witness says an elderly man accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, slamming his vehicle through a restaurant.

A driver smashed through the doorway of a restaurant in Del Mar on Monday, confirmed the San Diego Fire-Rescue.

Shattered door frames and broken flower pots were scattered around the Flower Child restaurant after the crash.

It appeared to be an elderly man reversing from his parking spot, who accidentally stuck his foot on the gas pedal instead of his brakes and hit a pedestrian, Trenten Pecaro, a witness told NBC 7.

An elderly woman was sideswiped by the driver, said Pecaro. Paramedics were requested at the scene and attended to her.

"It could have been way worse than it was," said Pecaro. "Everyone was shocked at first. Everyone was just standing there."

Pecaro says there weren't any people except employees inside because the restaurant was set to open in half an hour.

Crews were requested at the scene of the crash on the 2000 block of Via De La Valle. It happened just before 10:45 a.m., near the Del Mar Shopping Center and east of Interstate 5.

"It's so surreal to see something like that," said Pecaro. "I just wanted to make sure everyone was okay, and no one was hurt."

San Diego police are also responding to the incident. It was not yet clear whether anyone was injured. No other information was immediately available.

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