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Car plows into Canyon Country restaurant

Posted: April 28, 2014 3:12 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2014 3:12 p.m.

Sheriff's Department personnel inspect Manzanillo Mexican Restaurant after a car slammed into the eatery in Canyon Country on Monday. Signal photo by Austin Dave


A vehicle slammed through a Canyon Country restaurant Monday after the driver mistook the accelerator for the brake, authorities said.

The crash occurred at 11 a.m. in the Soledad Canyon Road strip mall where the Canyon Country post office is located.

The driver of a beige Chrysler 300 pulled into a parking space in the 18300 block of Soledad Canyon, but instead of braking, accelerated into Manzanillo Mexican Restaurant, investigators said.

“There were no injuries in the car, but the (restaurant) owner was behind the counter and got bumped,” said Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Deputy Richard Phares.

The owner was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital “for precautionary measures,” Phares said.




EgbertSouse4U: Posted: April 28, 2014 3:30 p.m.

Welcome to the Bob Bondurant school of high performance driving.

Carlitos: Posted: April 28, 2014 4:24 p.m.

Now it is a drive thru.
Ya want fries with that?

lmjenki: Posted: April 28, 2014 7:19 p.m.

Nice parking job.
I was obviously mistaken when I assumed that when automatic transmissions became common, driving would no longer be a skill. Unless that person is missing a leg, I would have thought that they, like me, use the old "left foot brake, right foot accelerator model."
What were they doing with their other foot at the time?
Am I just old fashioned?

SReilly12: Posted: April 29, 2014 10:08 p.m.

Great! We can't afford to loose a eating establishment on this side of town :(

Imjenki - I was taught to drive (many, many moons ago)that the right leg is used for the brake and accelerator............left foot used only if car had manual transmission. Funny story - Dad, ex Detroit cop moved to CA and flunked his first road test.........cops use the left and right foot all the time.

devildawg: Posted: April 29, 2014 10:35 p.m.

Actually @ lmjenki, it is not an old fashioned style of driving at all... in fact, as far back as we have had a DMV in the state of California the driving instructor method and DMV exams have always been that you always use the right foot for the brake and the gas - just not at the same time. Your left foot is only used if you have a clutch... just saying :)

ricketzz: Posted: April 29, 2014 5:59 a.m.

If you move to California with a valid DL from another state you shouldn't have to take a road test. I didn't. I had a car with an automatic transmission once; I hated it. No control.

bartman: Posted: April 29, 2014 7:39 a.m.

Thankfully no major injuries were sustained. I hope this small business will reopen soon and not fall victim of the city process.

I also find it interesting that in 3 different reports no one is talking about the details of the driver. This leave the imagination wide open. How can someone not notice a tire stop, a curb, and a glass window all before the complete penetration of the store, it sounds like a senior driver. The car is loved by hipsters as well as older drivers so that's not an indication.

Was the driver taken into custody? Were they ticketed? were they released to family members? Were they on drugs or booze? Why no details Austin?

IS the public at risk? Who knows... The Signal ain't talking.

tpaul: Posted: April 29, 2014 10:01 a.m.

I too have mistaken the gas for the brake , but then I braked, got out, ate and left.

johnnyrock: Posted: May 1, 2014 2:08 p.m.


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