A 52-year-old woman was killed in a bizarre car accident Saturday when a teen driver crashed his car through a wall into a Highland Park hamburger joint.
• A 19-year-old driver lost control of his car and crashed through the wall of Troy’s Burgers in Highland Park
• One woman was killed; three others were injured
• Surveillance video caught the entire accident on tape (see it on YouTube)
The fatal drive-thru crash occurred at around 4:20 p.m., according to CBS Channel 12 News.
Police said Martha Pena was eating dinner with her family at Troy’s Burgers on York Boulevard at Armadale Avenue when a 19-year-old driver, whose identity has not been released, lost control of his car and plowed through the wall of the restaurant.
The car apparently veered out of control in the intersection, jumped the curb, and then slid across the street and crashed into the restaurant, ABC News reported. Pena was killed and three others were injured.
Surveillance video released by authorities shows the family sitting very calmly when the sudden, violent crash occurred. The car smashed through the wall, hitting Pena and others, and then slammed into the restaurant counter, where it stopped.
The video shows the car landing on some people while others frantically try to get out of the way. After the vehicle came to a stop, the video shows patrons trying to get up and assist others.
The driver is seen getting out of his car and scrambling around the restaurant, trying to help a victim. He appears to be distraught and panicked.
The video also shows police officers subjecting the teen driver to a field sobriety test in front of the restaurant, after the accident. Investigators said he passed the test and had not been charged as of Sunday. He allegedly told police he didn’t remember what happened.
(The video contains footage that might be disturbing to some viewers: See the entire surveillance video on YouTube.)
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