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Man drives car into building
Restaurant customer gets cuts from broken window
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The front of the Corner Café in Lula shows damage where a car struck it, shattering a window, damaging the front wall of the business and injuring a customer.

A customer at Lula Corner Cafe received a frightening wake-up Thursday afternoon as an elderly man drove a vehicle through the window where she was sleeping.

Store owner Maureen Marr said the customer was dozing off with an elbow on the window sill and her head against the glass when the accident happened around noon.

"When she thought she was dreaming, she wasn't dreaming at all. A car was actually coming through the window," Marr said. "The car was really a four-inch wall away from her."

Falling debris from the broken glass caused cuts to the customer, but Marr said no one was seriously injured.

According to Georgia State Patrol officials, the woman was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where she is expected to make a full recovery.

The driver of the vehicle told troopers he was
trying to park when he inadvertently hit the accelerator.

"He came in and of course the first thing out of his mouth was, ‘Is everybody OK?'" Marr said. "He just waited patiently for the police to come and tend to the woman who had been hurt."

The injured customer was initially shaken-up, but Marr said she understood it was an accident.

Because the incident took place on private property, patrol officials said no one has been charged.

Marr estimated damages in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 and said she expects the situation to be handled through insurance.

The restaurant remained open for the remainder of its lunch service Thursday, but as there's still damage to the building, Marr said it may be closed for a while in the future.

 

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