Witnesses: Speeding SUV hit scooter before slamming into restaurant in fatal Silver Lake crash

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One person was killed and at least two others were injured when, according to witnesses, a speeding SUV hit a scooter before crashing into a restaurant in Silver Lake on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters initially responded to a report of a rollover crash in the 1600 block of North Silver Lake Boulevard around 10:30 a.m., according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert.

One witness told KTLA she was riding her bicycle along Silver Lake Boulevard around that time when she saw a dark-colored SUV speeding wildly and driving into opposing lanes of traffic to pass other cars.

Another bystander estimated the vehicle was going at least 75 mph — more than twice the posted speed limit — at the time.

Witnesses reported the SUV hit a scooter and then the driver lost control and slammed into a nearby building.

The vehicle also appeared to have struck a tree before crashing into the front of newly reopened L&E Oyster Bar and ending up ons its side, Sky5 video showed. The mangled wreck was visible on the restaurant’s patio, beneath the restaurant’s green awning.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene, according to LAFD. Witnesses told KTLA the deceased individual was the scooter rider.

His or her name has not yet been released.

Two others, a 72-year-old woman and 52-year-old man, were transported to a hospital with serious injuries.

Officials have not confirmed the witness accounts, nor did they release any further details as the Los Angeles Police Department investigates the deadly incident. A stretch of Silver Lake Boulevard has been temporarily blocked off amid the active investigation.

L.A. County Building and Safety Department inspectors have also been dispatched to the scene to assess the structure, fire officials said.

L&E Oyster Bar was not open when the crash occurred. The seafood restaurant had been closed during the stricter phases of the city and county’s safer-at-home order, reopening for takeout and deliveries on May 27.

The restaurant began serving oysters on its patio on June 5, days after L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti launched an “al fresco” initiative to help eateries expand outdoor dining to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  

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