An out-of-control SUV lurched out of a commercial parking lot in Lakeside and smashed its way inside a pizza restaurant, destroying the glass front wall of the business but causing no injuries.
The traffic accident in the 9500 block of Winter Gardens Boulevard occurred shortly after 2 p.m., according to the Lakeside Fire Protection District.
Emergency crews arrived to find the Kia SUV fully inside Giant Bambino’s Pizza, LFPD Division Chief Bernard Molloy said.
A customer had just finished eating and walked away from a table inside the eatery when the SUV blasted through the spot where she had been sitting, Molloy said.
The driver told authorities he’d lost control of his vehicle due to some sort of mechanical problem while trying to park in front of the restaurant.
A county building inspector was called in to gauge the damage to the structure. The pizzeria will have to remain closed pending repairs, Molloy said.
The California Highway Patrol was investigating the crash.
— City News Service