FREEMONT—The Fremont Police Department responded to a distress call on Saturday, February 17, at a local Little Caesars pizza restaurant after receiving a call at 11:39 a.m. of a vehicle crashing into the restaurant’s entry window. A customer was struck by the victim and sustained moderate to severe injuries when he was pinned beneath the vehicle.
Authorities have not released the name of the victim, but did indicate he was a 65-year-old contractor who was working at a nearby strip mall before the accident occurred. Officials from the Freemont Police Department, Fire Department and emergency personnel provided assistance to remove the victim from underneath the 1999 Honda Civic. He was rushed to a local hospital by paramedics for treatment.
The driver, an 80-year-old man, did not sustain any injuries from the crash. According to reports, he informed authorities that he accidentally stepped on the gas pedal when he meant to step on the brakes.
Little Caesar’s Manager, Junet Cunningham, informed The Mercury News that she was preoccupied with customers at the time of the crash. Cunningham indicated that several customers inside the restaurant were close enough to the register to avoid contact with the sedan.
The restaurant on Thornton Avenue and Dusterberry Way has been closed since the collision crash to fix repairs.