10 seriously hurt after car hits Vegas restaurant

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm •  Published: April 1, 2013
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A car plowed through a restaurant's patio during the lunch hour Monday, injuring 10 people before it came to rest with its engine revving and its hood inside a shattered plate glass window, authorities said.

Firefighters had to extricate four people from beneath the vehicle, including a boy, after the 12:30 p.m. crash at the Egg & I restaurant on Sahara Avenue, several blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip, witnesses said.

The injured were taken to two hospitals, and some were hurt seriously, said Las Vegas fire spokesman Tim Szymanski.

Suziliene McDonald said she was sitting with two sisters in the restaurant when she saw the vehicle speed toward the window.

"I screamed, 'A car's coming!' and it exploded through the window," McDonald said. "The motor was still revving and the dust came right after it, just like in the movies."

Two men inside the Lexus sedan sat for a moment and then tried to run, McDonald said. Several men jumped over a short wrought-iron fence and caught them to hold them until police arrived.

"He kept saying he blacked out," McDonald said of the driver, who sat shirtless in handcuffs on the sidewalk while police investigated. "But he was awake when he ran from the car."

Police said the driver would probably face felony reckless driving charges.

A passenger in the vehicle sat later on a curb in a blue T-shirt, dark trousers and sneakers and refused to speak with reporters. Police said he was not charged with a crime.