Car Drives Into Restaurant in Garden Grove; 3 Hospitalized

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A car drove into a Garden Grove restaurant on Dec. 8, 2014. (Credit: South Counties News)

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A vehicle drove into a Vietnamese restaurant in Garden Grove Monday afternoon, leaving the driver and a 10-year-old girl and 37-year-old woman inside the business hospitalized, authorities said.

A car drove into a Garden Grove restaurant on Dec. 8, 2014. (Credit: South Counties News)
A car drove into a Garden Grove restaurant on Dec. 8, 2014. (Credit: South Counties News)

The incident occurred at 2:48 p.m. at 8871 Garden Grove Blvd. (map), according to the Garden Grove Police Department.

A silver Mercedes-Benz sedan drove through the front glass windows of Pho 86, and the vehicle was left stopped halfway into the restaurant, video from the scene showed.

An "elderly female" driver was attempting to turn onto westbound Garden Grove Boulevard from Yockey Street when she struck another vehicle with two men inside. The first driver lost control of her car and plowed into the restaurant, according to the police.

"We think maybe she panicked a little bit, hit the accelerator, went up into the parking and into the business," said police Lt. Jeff Nightengale.

The woman's vehicle struck a 37-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl inside the restaurant, police said.

After being struck, the two victims were in obvious pain as they were taken away by paramedics, according to one of the restaurant's owners, Francis Nguyen. Meanwhile, he said, the 73-year-old female driver appeared to be in shock.

"Oh, my God. Oh, my God. That's all she said," according to Nguyen. She was hospitalized and later released.

The two females inside the restaurant were taken to UC Irvine Medical Center with moderate injuries that we not thought to be life threatening, police said.

The two men inside the car that was hit by the 73-year-old driver were not injured.

Surveying the damage to the restaurant, another owner put the incident in perspective.

"It's very hard to look at this. It took us months to renovate everything. Everything is brand new," said Khanh Nguyen. "But at the same time, two people got hurt. They're in the hospital right now. Just pray that they're both OK right now, at the moment."

KTLA's John A. Moreno contributed to this report.

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