Homestead - South Dade

Seven injured when SUV crashes through Homestead pizzeria

An SUV driver who mistook the gas pedal for the brake drove through the glass front of a Homestead pizza shop on Wednesday night.

“He drove through the front of the business and parked his car in front of the counter,” said Homestead police detective Fernando Morales.

Seven people, ages 3 to 47, were treated for minor injuries at the Little Caesars in a strip mall at Northeast 28th Avenue and Eighth Street in Homestead, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Michelle Fayed. None were seriously injured, but five were transported to the nearby Homestead Hospital.

The incident created chaos, with broken glass and terrified customers.

“We heard a big noise; everybody started running out,” Bruna Sossa, who was at the mall, told Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

“A few of the people were actually screaming. I heard a lady screaming that she was in pain. There was still smoke from the car itself, and the driver was still in the car; he couldn’t open the door because there was something blocking it.”

The driver, who Morales said remained on the scene and was not suspected of DUI, was cited for reckless driving, according to CBS4.