3 hurt when car crashes into coffee shop

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SAN DIEGO — Two people were taken to the hospital and a third had minor injuries after a car crashed into a coffee shop on Wednesday, according to firefighters.

The San Diego Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle in the back of Harry’s Coffee Shop at 7545 Girard Avenue around 10 a.m.

“This morning we had an elderly couple in a car. The driver told the police officers that he mistook the gas pedal for the brake, stepped on the gas pedal and drove his car into the rear of the coffee shop,” Battalion Chief Erik Windsor said.

Firefighters also discovered a gas leak while responding to the crash. Businesses on either side of the coffee shop were evacuated because of the leak, which fire crews stopped by turning off the supply.

The two people inside the car were taken to Scripps in La Jolla and a third person, an employee at the shop, had minor injuries and was treated at the scene, Windsor said.

A city building inspector was called to evaluate the integrity of the structure and the county health department was notified, which is standard protocol for incidents at food establishments, SDFD said.

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