A handful of diners taking a late lunch on Saturday at the Baja Fresh in Marina Marketplace were startled but not hurt when a late model Mercedes slammed into the building, sending shards of glass into the restaurant.
“I thought it was a gunshot. Then I realized it was a car,” said Marina del Rey resident Dawnn Winter, who was dining with a friend near the back of the Maxella Avenue restaurant when the crash occurred at about 2 p.m.
As luck would have it, there were no customers eating near the front window when the car crashed through it, she said.
Los Angeles County Fire Dept. paramedics treated the driver on scene but did not transport the driver to a hospital, department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
No other injuries were reported, and information about the driver and the cause of the crash was not available.
Officers with the Los Angeles Police Dept.’s West Traffic Bureau also responded, but “since no one was transported [to the hospital], no report was taken,” traffic investigator Lee Willmon said.
LAPD officers only file collision reports when an incident involves an injury, city property is damaged, or a driver flees the scene or appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“We were very lucky, because there was glass everywhere,” said Winter, 44. “My friend didn’t even move, but it did scare me.”
The restaurant closed after the crash but reopened on Monday, an employee said.
— Gary Walker