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1 dead, 6 hurt after SUV hits line of people at Farrell's in California

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 06:44 p.m. HST, Apr 25, 2014


BUENA PARK, Calif. » An SUV driven by an elderly motorist plowed into a group of people waiting to enter an Orange County ice cream parlor Friday evening, killing a 60-year-old woman and injuring six others, authorities said.

The SUV rammed into people outside Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour shortly after 6 p.m., Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said. The restaurant is in Buena Park, about 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Witnesses said the SUV surged forward, hitting a small fence and running into those sitting and standing between the vehicle and the restaurant.

"It looked like the guy put his foot on the gas pedal instead of the brake," Daniel Long, who was eating with his family inside, told KCAL-TV. "There were three people sitting on that bench — he just went straight into them and crushed them up against the window."

Television news reports showed a silver Suzuki XL7 halfway in a parking space in front of the building, with its front end shoved over the fence onto a walkway.

A woman, 60, was critically injured and died at a hospital, Concialdi said.

Two other people were hospitalized with moderate injuries, three with minor injuries and a sixth person was treated at the scene for minor injuries, Concialdi said.

One of the injured was a teenage girl, police Cpl. Andy Luong said.

The SUV driver and a female passenger, both elderly, were not hurt, Luong said.

Police questioned the driver, who cooperated and was not immediately cited, Luong said.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

Farrell's is a chain of restaurants, most in California, with decorations designed to recall century-old ice cream parlors. Servers dress in "pin-striped vests, old fashioned ties, and cane hats," according to its website.







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inHilo wrote:
"Elderly"? Writer includes age for one of the victims (60-year-old woman) but leaves out information for driver except in photo caption (70s).
on April 26,2014 | 07:27AM
cojef wrote:
Driver error indicate inattention to task at hand when coming to a stop and parking. Attention directed at getting inside for the goodies distracted his attention.
on April 26,2014 | 07:35AM
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