This past Valentine’s Day weekend, a driver allegedly under the influence of alcohol or narcotics crashed into Urth Caffe – a popular local cafe in Santa Monica, CA.
According to a news release, on Friday evening, the drunk driver crashed into a barricade that was placed to protect an outdoor dining area of the café. The collision occurred around 8:00 p.m. during peak business hours for restaurants in the area. Apparently, one of the heavy K-rails was knocked into the dining area, sending tables and chairs flying and customers running for safety. Several diners sustained injuries from the incident.
Authorities reported that a few diners suffered minor injuries from the incident. Also, at least one person had to be transported to a local hospital to receive medical treatment for moderate injuries. However, all of the diners are severely traumatized by the series of events.
The preliminary investigation alleges that Piper Pollard, a 21-year-old Pacific Palisades resident, had been driving north on Main Street around 8p.m. when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a portion of the concrete barrier. Once police arrived on the scene, they arrested and booked Pollard for felony DUI with a bail of $100,000. She was released from custody early Saturday morning according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The investigation is ongoing.
Since the incident, Urth Caffe has replaced the barriers and rearranged the setup. Diners will now be situated toward the sidewalk to provide further safety.
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