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SUV Crashes Through Strings Restaurant

Minor injuries reported in accident when driver drove through Strings Italian Cafe in Livermore.

Monday's lunch hour at Strings Italian Cafe was interrupted when an SUV came crashing through the restaurant just off North Livermore Avenue, Livermore Police Sgt. John Hurd said.

Minor injuries are reported in the accident reported at 12:45 p.m. and caused when the driver of a parked vehicle in front of the restaurant apparently confused the pedals on the SUV, Hurd said.

"We are really lucky," Hurd said regarding the minor injuries reported. "There easily could have been multiple fatalities."

Strings Owner Wassim Sulimin also was thankful there was no other major injuries in the accident.

"We are very blessed," Sulimin said. "Any other day this could have been a disaster."

A similar incident occurred at the restaurant several years ago when an elderly lady accidentally pushed on the gas pedal of a parked vehicle in front of the restaurant, Sulimin said.

patricia griffin January 14, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Drove IN and OUT the other side!
patricia griffin January 14, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Hahahaha...the men who heard the story assumed it was a woman and the women assumed it was a man. Turned out to be a man. In my opinion, he confused Forward and Reverse on the transmission as well as GAS and Brake...and at what point did it NOT occur to him that he should apply the brakes? When he passed the bar? The front door? Went out the back glass window? Entered the patio seating area?
patricia griffin January 14, 2013 at 07:32 PM
He ran right over "our" table...the one we always sit at! Now we're going to have a designated traffic watcher while the others eat! We're wearing safety cones on our heads and safety vests as well. This means they must mix some mean drinks there!
patricia griffin January 14, 2013 at 07:33 PM
LOLOL! It's an automatic transmission, the first error was putting it into DRIVE instead of Reverse. Thank Heavens he didn't get onto the freeway and kill people!
Autumn Johnson March 29, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Update to this story: http://livermore.patch.com/articles/sprouts-shutters-strings-to-reopen

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