1 dead, 5 hurt after car crashes into Van Nuys restaurant; suspect in custody

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A person is dead and five people are injured after a vehicle crashed into a Van Nuys restaurant Sunday evening, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The crash occurred at 8:07 p.m. in the 7600 block of North Woodley Avenue, when an SUV struck a patron inside a business, which was being used for a pop-up event with different vendors.

That patron was declared dead at the scene, while five other people were evaluated for non-life-threatening injuries.

“LAFD Urban Search and Rescue unit is currently assessing the stability of the structure,” the department added.

The Fire Department did not reveal names, ages or genders of anyone involved in the crash.

Witnesses reported that they saw what appeared to be the SUV involved a police pursuit that included a helicopter.

The SUV was being followed by law enforcement prior to the crash, though it did not rise to the level of a pursuit, according to Officer Todd of the Los Angeles Police Department.

It remains unclear why the vehicle was being followed and if the vehicle was being followed by a patrol car or helicopter, Todd added.

A suspect was taken into custody and no one is outstanding, an LAPD spokesperson said.

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