Car crashes into North Berkeley restaurant, injures two customers

This past Thursday, a car crashed into a Japanese restaurant Sushi 29 on Solano Avenue.
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This past Thursday, a car crashed into a Japanese restaurant Sushi 29 on Solano Avenue.

Sushi 29 in North Berkeley closed down Thursday afternoon after a car crashed into the front window of the restaurant, leaving two customers inside with minor injuries.

The crash occurred at 3:51 p.m at 1647 Solano Avenue, when a driver trying to park a car mistook the gas for the break, according to Berkeley Police Department Lt. Kevin Schofield. The driver accidentally accelerated into the restaurant, shattering the street-facing glass window, Schofield said.

Both of the female customers were sent to the hospital while the driver suffered no injuries, Schofield said.

Sushi 29 is closed until further notice, and the store owner could not be reached for comment as of press time.

A similar incident occurred June 10 only a block away from Sushi 29 when a driver backing out of a parking spot struck two cars and then mistakenly accelerated, crashing into The Nail Shop #1 on Solano, according to the Albany Patch.

No serious injuries were reported in the June 10 incident, although one customer narrowly avoided the crash and the storefront was severely damaged, according to Albany Patch.

Neighboring business employee and Solano EyeCare manager Roger Worley said he is not surprised about the nature of the recent accidents.

“(Solano Ave. is) a pretty hairy street for people to back out the way parking is,” Worley said. “Personally, I have been a cyclist here, and I’m very cautious.”

Other Solano locals feel speed of drivers is the major issue at hand.

“My window looks out over the avenue, and (I have seen) people going at a rate that is inappropriate,” said Christopher Barden, vice president at the Solano Business Worldwide Farmers Exchange.

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