It’s a well-known fact that impaired driving is one of the top causes of most accidents that result in serious injuries or fatalities in the U.S. Everyone knows that this kind of accident is entirely avoidable. And yet, each year, thousands of people are injured or killed by impaired drivers.
Such an incident unfolded earlier this month in Newhall. In a story reported by ABC’s Evening News on Saturday, March 2nd, when a 40-year-old woman crashed her vehicle into a local pizza place.
Authorities say that the accident happened at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Friday a Sylmar woman crashed her vehicle through the walls of the Ameci Pizza Kitchen. The crash occurred in the 24200 block of Lyons Avenue in Newhall while patrons just happened to be grabbing a quick bite to eat during the lunch hour. Video of the incident shows debris and glass hitting the restaurant patrons.
One person was injured in the crash. A 60-year-old, unidentified man was taken to an area hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Eyewitnesses who were also in the restaurant at the time of the DUI crash were hit by glass and debris, but no other injuries were reported at the time.
Deputies at the scene determined through field testing that the woman had been driving with a blood-alcohol level almost four times the legal limit of 0.08 percent at the time of the crash.
The woman, whose name has not yet been released by authorities, was arrested by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies. She faces the charge of DUI resulting in bodily harm to others.