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UPDATE: Car crashes into restaurant in Saugus

Posted: August 30, 2013 11:37 a.m.
Updated: August 31, 2013 10:47 a.m.

No one was injured today when a Nissan Sentra was driven over the curb and into the Persia Restaurant on Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. Rick McClure/For The Signal

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Homayoun Daryani was preparing the Persia Restaurant in Saugus for the usual lunch rush when he heard a sound.

He turned toward the storefront in time to see a compact car, having already mounted the curb, crash through the glass.

“There was a big, loud bang,” he told The Signal Friday. “Then me and my coworker just got out of the way.”

The car, a Nissan Sentra, kept moving through the restaurant, hitting the counter before eventually coming to a rest.

Somehow, despite the damage to the restaurant, no one at the scene was hurt, Daryani said.

“Luckily it was early in the morning, so there weren’t a lot of people there,” Daryani said.

Daryani has owned and operated the Persia Restaurant with his wife for about eight years. They just moved to the current location near the intersection of Bouquet Canyon Road and Haskell Canyon Road about eight months ago, he said.

An official with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official said the driver of the car appeared to be an elderly woman. The cause of the crash remains unknown.

This is not the first time Daryani’s restaurant has come face-to-face with an oncoming vehicle. About three years ago, when the restaurant was still located near the intersection of Bouquet Canyon and Seco Canyon Road, a car caused the glass front of the restaurant to shatter, Daryani said.

“But that happened at lunch time so everybody was scared to death,” he said.

Daryani said efforts to repair the restaurant are underway, with the goal of re-opening a little more than a week from now.

But the kitchen he hopes to get up and running in time to fill catering orders for Labor Day weekend.

“We usually have a lot of orders and we need to prepare for those,” he said.

In the meantime, Daryani said he is looking to get some kind of obstacle installed in front of the restaurant, such as a pole, to try and block anybody who may accidentally accelerate in his direction.

“It’s nobody’s fault, accidents happen,” he said. “But for safety we have to have something there.”

This is the second time this week that a car has crashed into a storefront in the Santa Clarita Valley. On Monday a car rammed through the front window of a Supercuts salon in Valencia near the corner of McBean and Magic Mountain parkways.

According to a preliminary investigation into that crash, the driver’s shoe, described as a flip-flop or sandal, became lodged in such a way that it held the accelerator down.
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