SANTEE, Calif. -- A driver was hospitalized Sunday after having a medical emergency and plowing his vehicle into the pillar outside a popular Santee donut shop, fire officials said.
Around noon, deputies from the Santee Sheriff's Station responded to reports of a vehicle crashing into a building near Mary's Donuts on Carlton Hills Boulevard.
Deputies and the Santee Fire Department arrived to find a vehicle rolled on its side outside the shop, and a driver in his 20s -- the only person in the car -- trapped inside, Fire Capt. Chris Thompson said.
Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to pull the man from his car. The crash victim, who officials said suffered a "medical episode" before the crash, was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment of a serious leg injury.
First responders said no one else was hurt.
Joseph Arena told FOX 5 he works at Mary's Donuts and was on his way in when he saw the rolled over car outside the shop.
“I was thankful that I got there when I did. If I got there early I could have been hit. It could have been bad, but I’m glad I’m alright and I’m glad everybody else is safe,” Arena
The building suffered a "significant amount of damage," and three businesses near the scene had to close down, Thompson said. Building inspectors were called to the scene to determine the extent of the structural damage.
Officials did not release an immediate cause of the crash.