Piper Pollard, a 21-year-old resident of the Pacific Palisades, crashed near Urth Caffe, a small café in Santa Monica on Friday night, according to this report from Los Angeles CBS. She hit a pillar barrier near where outside diners were enjoying their meal.
As a result of the crash, the pillar fell on top of one of the customer’s legs, causing great pain and injury. Pollard was driving northbound on Main Street when she hit the barrier. After the crash, one person was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries while Pollard was arrested for felony D.U.I.
Accidents like this one happen all the time, and they will continue to happen as long as people insist on driving under the influence. Innocent bystanders are often injured (or, in the most tragic of cases, killed) because of the actions of someone else. Driving is a high-risk, attention-commanding activity for anyone. An accident can result from a split-second of distraction or from a single poor decision. Driving under the influence only multiplies the likelihood of such a momentary lapse of judgment, leading to a crash that may result in injury, death, and extensive property damage.
As for the Urth Caffe, as of the next day, outdoor dining still could not resume because of the damage done to the eating area during the crash.