RENTON, Wash. – It was a close call Sunday for some patrons at a Renton cafe.
Firefighters said a driver lost control and plowed into Common Ground Coffee and Cupcakes, narrowly missing customers inside. They also said the driver took out a fire hydrant as he drove onto the sidewalk and then right into the business, leaving a huge hole behind.
Surveillance video from inside the shop showed someone dangerously close to the front of the car that careened into the cafe about 2 p.m. The force shifted tables and chairs inside as the owners rushed to the front of the store.
“I thought, oh God, it was an earthquake,” Virginia Merrill said. She was at the counter ordering coffee, out of the camera’s view, when it happened.
“All of a sudden, I felt something hit my leg, which was the coffee table that came and hit my leg against the counter.”
Merrill said her husband had walked away seconds before, and narrowly avoided being hit.
“The chair was a sitting and ended up way across the coffee shop, and it would’ve been ugly,” Mike Merrill said.
Renton firefighters said a 70-year-old driver lost control of his car and crashed into the shop.
“Lucky nobody died,” Mike Merrill said.
Lange Woon, the owner said it has happened before when they first opened for business.
“A car had gone through the same spot. It’s like deja vu all over.”
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