Thursday, February 23, 2012

Car Crashes into Pizza Buona

A car slammed into popular Echo Park restaurant Pizza Buona shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, shattering the glass window in front, smashing through tables and chairs and sending a pregnant woman to the hospital.
The dining room was empty at the time, but a 20-year-old pregnant pedestrian was dragged when a red Acura smashed into the pizzeria. She sustained minor injuries, reports NBC Los Angeles, which has pictures of the crash shot by Pizza Buona owner Israel Palacios.
Located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street, Pizza Buona has been around since 1959. Palacios tells NBC that a similar accident happened at the pizzeria nearly 20 years ago.
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.
I had originally posted a review of this restaurant in 2010 (http://abovethelake.blogspot.com/2010/10/you-wanna-pizza-this.html), and we were looking forward to getting Pizza from them for the Academy Awards this Sunday.
They are now discussing putting up a concrete barrier to prevent this from happening again at this very busy intersection.
 From the laweekly.com, theeastsiderla.com and Echo Park Patch

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