A popular Italian eatery in Hialeah had a rough start just before lunch rush Wednesday when a car plowed into a cement column, shattered the restaurant’s front glass and dented its storm shutters.
An unidentified female driver, who mistakenly pushed the gas pedal instead of the brake, caused the Nissan sedan to hop over the parking cement bumper and onto the sidewalk, coming to stop after hitting the glass, police said.
“We’re lucky no one was there,” said Hialeah police spokesman Carl Zogby, adding that no injuries were reported.
Peter Di Piazza, the owner of Di Piazza Italian Restaurant, 1408 W 49TH St., said he was in the kitchen preparing food at about 11:30 a.m. when he heard a bang.
“I ran out and that’s when I saw the car,” he said, adding that a restaurant employee had to jump out of the way when the car came in. “I think our shutters stopped her from getting any further.”
Dia Piazza said this is the second time the restaurant, which has been around for 38 years, has been hit by a car. About 10 years ago, a car wound up in their dining room.
“I can’t believe this happened again,” he said.
Zogby said the driver will likely be charged with careless driving.
“We suspect human error to be the culprit,” he said.