CORAOPOLIS (KDKA) – A woman was shaken up after driving her vehicle into a Chinese restaurant in Coraopolis Tuesday morning.
According to police, the incident happened around 11:30 a.m. at the Red China restaurant in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue.
The female driver was reportedly shaken up, but no one else was injured.
Fortunately, the business had not yet opened for the day. But, inside, one of the owners was in the back prepping food and getting ready for the start of another day.
The other co-owner was taking a yoga class nearby. When she returned to the business, she couldn’t believe her eyes. She and her brother own the restaurant.
“I asked my brother, ‘What happened?’ He says, ‘Someone hit my house,’ and I then asked, ‘Did someone get hurt?’ And he said, ‘No, no, no,’ said co-owner Li Hua Li. “And then I got to outside, and I saw everyone okay, and I saw the woman, and I said, ‘You okay, too?’ She said, ‘I’m okay, too,’ and then I said, ‘Good.’”
The restaurant owners say the driver of the car was an elderly woman, but they aren’t sure what went wrong and caused her to crash.
An eyewitness who saw part of the accident tells KDKA-TV News that the car careened off the road, jumped the curb in between two parked cars and went straight through the front exterior of the restaurant. There were table set up right behind the wall that the car crashed into.
Despite the damage, the co-owners hope to reopen on Wednesday.