Car crashes into DC restaurant outdoor patio, 2 women dead – KXAN Austin

Washington Metropolitan Police place crime scene tape around the exterior of the Parthenon, a popular Greek restaurant, Friday afternoon, March 11, 2022 in northwest Washington. An SUV crashed Friday afternoon into the outdoor seating area of ​​a popular Greek restaurant in northwest Washington, DC, injuring eight people, five seriously. Authorities said the incident appeared to be an accident. (AP Photo/Carole Feldman)

WASHINGTON (AP) — An SUV crashed Friday afternoon into the outdoor seating area of ​​a popular Greek restaurant in northwest Washington, DC, killing two women and injuring at least six others, three seriously.

Authorities said the incident appeared to be an accident. “There is no indication that this was intentional,” Second District Police Commander Duncan Bedlion said. “We have a cooperative driver. He stays with us.

He described the driver as an elderly man who lost control of the vehicle. “This aspect of the loss of control is under active investigation by our major accident investigation team,” Bedlion said.

The crash happened around lunchtime on a hot, sunny day in the nation’s capital. The restaurant, the Parthenon, sits on a bustling commercial strip with shops and restaurants, many of which have outdoor seating. Fire engines lined the street, which was closed to traffic and pedestrians.

Seven restaurant patrons and one employee were transported to area hospitals, Fire and EMS Chief John Donnelly said. Police later said two people had died, both adult women.

“We don’t know why it happened,” Donnelly said.

As part of the investigation, authorities are looking for video evidence of people who may have recorded the crash and are asking those who can provide further information to contact them.

When asked if charges would be brought against the driver, Bedlion said that would be part of the investigation.

Authorities said they had activated the Mass Casualty Response Team to ensure they had the resources to deal with the large number of patients.

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