One killed and six hospitalized after an elderly woman parks her Bentley presses the gas instead of the brakes and reverses in open-air restaurants at an Italian restaurant in Miami Beach
- An elderly woman who parked in front of a restaurant in Miami Beach lost control of the car she was driving and crashed into snack bars eating outside
- The incident happened in front of the Italian restaurant Call Me Gaby shortly after 6 p.m.
- The driver accidentally pressed the gas instead of the brake, sent the car to the tables
- One person was killed and six others were injured, including a child
An elderly woman trying to park her Bentley in parallel pressed the accelerator instead of the brake as she reversed and accelerated to outdoor dining at a busy Miami Beach restaurant, killing one man and sending six others to hospital.
The incident took place on Washington Avenue in modern South Beach shortly after 18:00 in front of the Italian restaurant Call Me Gaby, leaving tables overturned and napkins scattered on the sidewalk.
As the elderly female driver retreated into space, she accelerated without warning and crashed into several tables, cops said.
Police did not identify the driver and did not say whether charges would be filed.
A car that looks like a Bentley can be seen at an angle compared to other vehicles
Police could be seen next to the car after the accident
An elderly woman who parked in front of a restaurant in Miami Beach lost control of the car she was driving and crashed into snack bars eating outside. Pictured is Washington Street in Miami Beach
Photos outside the restaurant show how close the dining tables are to the road
Police tape was quickly laid along Washington Avenue and the road was closed
Miami Beach police posted details of the incident on Twitter on Wednesday night
A witness, Clement Lotier, shared a video showing smoke and people fleeing the restaurant.
Seven people were taken to hospital, including a child, many on stretchers. One of them later died of his wounds.
Police have not identified the victim or any of the injured.
“I never eat outside a busy street restaurant again, I just watched a car come back to people eating out in Miami Beach,” Ryan wrote on Twitter.
The street eventually had to be closed while police and other first aid services conducted an investigation. Local 10.
Miami Beach police then tweeted the public to avoid the area, which was closed due to investigation reports. NBC Miami.
A Twitter user wrote on Twitter about his shock at witnessing the drama.
Washington Street in Miami Beach was closed after the incident
The car is seen crashing into restaurants early Thursday night while eating outdoors
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