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SUV crashes into Harry's Coffee Shop in La Jolla; 2 taken to hospital

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Posted at 11:17 AM, May 12, 2021

LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) – Two people were hospitalized Wednesday morning after an SUV crashed into a popular La Jolla restaurant.

Just before 10 a.m., emergency responders were called to Harry’s Coffee Shop (on 7545 Girard Ave.) after an SUV slammed into the back of the eatery. Fire officials said the driver, an elderly man, mistook the gas for the brake before crashing into the back bathroom. A woman had exited the restroom about two minutes earlier.

In addition to the crash, San Diego Gas & Electric crews were called to the scene regarding a gas leak on the property. The reported gas leak prompted the evacuation of the coffee shop and the businesses next door. SDG&E located the gas leak and quickly restored power to the neighboring businesses.

Three people were in need of medical treatment for injuries due to the SUV crash, with two of them taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital. The third person, a dishwasher, had a bruise from bumping into a sink, but declined further treatment.

There’s no word on the condition of the two patients in the hospital.

SDG&E crews were able to repair the affected gas line by 10:20 a.m.