Car smashes into Reo Barber Shop window in Paradise Hills

Barber pulls boy away as car crashes into shop

SAN DIEGO - A woman suffered minor injuries Wednesday after she drove her compact sedan through the front window of a Paradise Hills barbershop.

The accident in the 2300 block of Reo Drive was reported about 10:15 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Barber Dean Catolos told 10News he was able to pull a young boy out of a chair moments before the crash.

"I looked back and I saw the car on the way and I pulled myself, grabbed the kid," Catolos said.

A witness told 10News, "I think he just did … I don't know, maybe his fatherly instinct or whatever, to protect this child; it's pretty heroic."

"All of a sudden, I saw the car jump the curb a little bit and then all of a sudden it just accelerated and shot like a rocket, and it went through the window of the barber shop," the witness said.

"I thought the car was going to go straight to us," Catolos said. "Next customer of mine … he's sitting in the corner, and he was lucky he was not sitting in the middle."

Catolos said the rear of the car bumped him and left scratches on his shin, but he said he was OK.

Medics took the driver, a 73-year-old woman, to Kaiser Hospital with minor injuries, authorities said. The elderly man in the passenger seat was not hurt.

Investigators set the structural damage, which apparently was limited to the smashed window, at $6,000. The crash also ruptured a water line, according to Luque. There were no reports of significant flooding problems.

Investigators said the driver mistakenly pressed the gas pedal. 10News learned she would not be facing charges.

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