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Pressed Cafe in Newton damaged by SUV – NBC Boston

An SUV slammed into a busy restaurant in Newton, Mass., on Monday afternoon, sending glass flying through the area where people typically pick up food orders, employees work at cash registers and near where people eat on the outdoor patio.

Newton Police and Fire Brigade responded shortly after 3pm and found a black BMW inside the popular Pressed Cafe on Needham Street. A mother in her 50s was driving with her teenage daughter in the front passenger seat and two of the girl’s friends in the back, Newton Police Lt. Bruce Apothker said.

The mother and daughter, whose names have not been released, were taken to a local hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries, Apothker said. The teenagers seated in the back were picked up by family members.

Video from the scene showed several firefighters standing by the SUV stuck halfway inside the building, with large glass windows visibly shattered all around and several chairs being used to block off the area with yellow duct tape.

A Pressed Cafe manager told NBC10 Boston that there were about 50 people inside the restaurant when the crash happened, and footage from inside shows how the SUV nearly hit those employees and customers. The outside was also packed.

Photos: SUV slams into a coffee rush in Newton

“God was watching over a lot of people today,” Apothker said. “There is one person we saw in an inside video who just missed getting hit. It’s usually a busy area. I’ve been there myself a few times and I’m standing exactly same place, so it hits home a bit, but today there were a lot of lucky people who could have been hurt but weren’t.”

Newton police are still investigating what caused the driver to run over in the storefront, but multiple witnesses who spoke with NBC10 Boston on Monday said it appeared a woman pressed the gas instead brakes as she pulled into a parking space.

A woman who stood in front of one of the first registers as she ordered food told NBC10 Boston that she was about five feet from the crash.

“We were commanding and we heard a very loud, scary, sudden crash. And it was unreal to see the vision of this vehicle just kind of slamming, so we just ran the other way,” Carolyn Siegal said. .

“We were ordering from people who were a few meters away, so it was really, really lucky that no one was standing in this space where people often stand. They can stand there waiting for their food and coffee . I’m just grateful that everyone is safe because it was close,” she added. “I noticed there were kids in the car, so it was quite alarming. But you couldn’t figure it out. It’s just one of those things. You can’t figure it out.”

Siegal and his son Jake said they were shaken after a very close call.

“It was just very shocking, shocking. And we’re shaken. It’s really crazy…we weren’t far off,” she said. “If we had received our orders and were waiting for them, we probably would have waited there, so thankfully that didn’t happen.”

“I was just standing there… I heard her, I heard someone hitting the accelerator instead of braking, and they flew right into the building. All I hear is is a big bang,” said Mike Beshara, who was standing on the cafe terrace at the time of the crash. “No one was hurt luckily. There are usually people picking up their orders there, and no one was hurt.”

Beshara said the woman driving also had passengers in her car and he was grateful no one was injured.

“I saw them carrying her, I think she had her daughter in there or something. They took her out right away. She looked like she was really scared, you know,” said he said. “All I hear is a big bang. I’m glad no one was hurt inside. I could have stayed there.”

Joanne Krupp can’t believe what she witnessed and is shocked that no one was hurt.

“We’re sitting here and all of a sudden we heard a loud noise. And we turned around, and we saw this BMW SUV through the window, and we thought, oh my god, how did that happen? Could it have happened? It was amazing. And it turns out the lady put her foot on the accelerator instead of the brake. But it’s amazing when you look at it and see that the vehicle is in mid -way inside the Pressed Cafe,” Krupp said.

“The Pressed Cafe is a very popular place in Newton. What’s really amazing is that the Newton Fire Department came to the rescue so quickly and no one was hurt. And the roof of his car had a window, and it was open, and none of the glass came in. I mean, they were very lucky,” Krupp added. “Things happen, that’s what I think. It could happen to anyone. It’s a bit scary because you could have been sitting on the other side, inside the Pressed Cafe , and the car passes, and it’s over. Internal bleeding.”

Suzanne Wallace, a nurse practitioner who was in the parking lot at the time of the crash with her daughter, said she was right next to the SUV that crashed into the cafe.

“We were in the car right next to them, we were leaving Chipotle. They were stopping. It looked like they were about to get out of the car, and I don’t know exactly what happened, it looks like she hit the accelerator instead of the brake, i don’t know i kinda looked up and heard it, i saw it, i heard it before i saw it to be honest because I was getting ready to leave,” Wallace said. “And so we jumped in quickly and I was like, oh, I should move my car. So she jumped up and made sure someone called 911. I moved my car, then I went to m to make sure they were okay, me and another nurse practitioner who was here, until the police and fire department arrived.”

Wallace said there were several people inside the SUV and although they looked fine physically, they were definitely shaken.

“There were four people in the vehicle, she was an adult, the other three looked like teenagers, everyone seemed fine. She was pretty shaken up. But physically they didn’t seem pinned down. Our biggest concern and why I have the towel in my hand is because their sunroof was open and glass was still falling out of the windows, so the other nurse practitioner and I tried to help cover that up. okay, but a little upset obviously,” Wallace said.

“I don’t want to put words in their mouths, but they seemed, I can only imagine, a little embarrassed, scared, fearful. They couldn’t get out of the car, like they couldn’t move it “, Wallace added.

Wallace says his instinct was to help, and fire and EMS showed up and were able to get the woman out.

Wallace and his daughter Abbey are relieved that everyone seems to be fine.

“It was loud and it was fast, but I’m just glad they’re all okay,” Wallace’s daughter Abbey said. “Very lucky.”

“I think there were people who were just inside, I think the employees were standing there, so they were pretty shaken up too,” Wallace said.

Apothker said this type of call is “very difficult” for first responders.

“It may bring back memories of other accidents that have happened in the city, but thank God no one was seriously injured in this accident today,” he explained.

The SUV was towed away from the building later Monday, and the crash is still under investigation.

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