Car crashes into Harry’s Coffee Shop in La Jolla; three injured
I am new to the area and saw a post on Nextdoor about this accident. From what I understand the restaurant will be closed for some time. This fundraiser is to help with any damages done to the building and to cover the employee’s lost wages!
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Harry’s Coffee Shop is owned by John Rudolph, son of the late Harry Rudolph, who started the establishment in 1960.
Three people were injured when a car crashed into the restrooms and kitchen at the rear of Harry’s Coffee Shop in La Jolla just before 10 a.m. May 12. Two of the injured people, an older couple inside the car, were taken to a hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown, according to Battalion Chief Erik Windsor of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The third injured person, a kitchen employee, was standing at the sink washing dishes when the vehicle hit the wall, pushing the sink and other kitchen equipment into the employee. Windsor said the worker suffered minor bumps and bruises and declined to go a hospital and was instead treated at the scene and released.
The man driving the vehicle mistook the gas pedal for the brake, causing it to propel into the building.
Harry’s will be closed for days, until structural engineers deem the building safe. San Diego County health inspectors also will need to “recertify the kitchen for doing business,” Windsor said. Windsor said he was unable to estimate the cost of the damage to the building, though he guessed it would be in the tens of thousands of dollars. “One little car into a building causes a lot of mayhem,” he said. “They’re going to have to rebuild that whole side of the restaurant.”
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