Mercedes driver crashes into frozen yogurt shop

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SAN DIEGO — A driver crashed into a frozen yogurt shop in the South Bay Tuesday afternoon, but no one was hurt.

It happened around 12:25 p.m. at Yogurt Heaven in the 1800 block of Coronado Avenue. Investigators said the driver, an elderly woman, stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake while parking, sending the Mercedes-Benz SUV into wall of the yogurt store. No one was seriously injured in the crash.

A 20-year-old employee was almost hit by the debris and the counter.

“If my employee would have been within like 5 feet of the wall, she would have definitely gotten injured because everything else got pushed toward that so it was a miracle that it didn’t happen,” said Yogurt Heaven owner John Bashir.

Business owners say the crash was at least the fifth time that a vehicle crashed into a storefront in that strip mall.

“It is scary,” says Lilian Ramirez, who has worked at the nearby ice cream shop for nearly three years. “It happens all the time.”

She says a car has slammed into a donut shop, a nail salon, a bakery and now a yogurt shop here on four separate crashes.

“It’s really dangerous to the community especially to these shops around here ‘cause people come and they cross here and they walk with their children,” Ramirez said.

The owner of Yogurt Heaven says more needs to be done to protect the businesses.

“Something that protects … at least slows the vehicle down,” Bashir said.

A structural engineer with the city of San Diego has been requested to come and inspect the business because the main beam was broken.

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