2013-04-10 / Front Page

Close Call At Santa Fe

This Nissan Maxima lost control, jumped the curb and crashed into the dinning room of Santa Fe Steak House along restaurant row in Forest Hills. Miraculously no one was hurt.  The driver, a woman, was allegedly intoxicated from alcohol and arrested.This Nissan Maxima lost control, jumped the curb and crashed into the dinning room of Santa Fe Steak House along restaurant row in Forest Hills. Miraculously no one was hurt. The driver, a woman, was allegedly intoxicated from alcohol and arrested.Talk about a close call. Just before 9 p.m. on April 7, a grey Nissan Maxima lost control, jumped the curb narrowly missed a young couple pushing their baby in a stroller, and careened into the dinning room of Santa Fe Steak House along restaurant row in Forest Hills.
The loud impact sent hundreds of patrons from neighboring bars and restaurants spilling into the street who, then ran to crash site.
The 112 Pct. arrested the driver, a woman, who was allegedly intoxicated from alcohol.
Just moments before the accident, a couple who came to Santa Fe Steak House for dinner was seated at a window booth. They alerted their server and requested that they wanted to be switched to a more comfortable area. Within minutes, the front end of the Maxima came through the façade landing right at the very table just vacated by the couple.
Miraculously, there were no injuries to any pedestrians, Santa Fe patrons or the driver herself.
After a thorough investigation, the FDNY and city Department of Buildings has deemed the restaurant’s structure to be sound, despite it needing costly repairs.
Santa Fe Steak House, 107-18 70th Rd. is still operating as usual with only the damaged part of the restaurant closed while repairs are made.
“It’s miraculous that nobody was hurt. It was like a guardian angel was looking over them,” said the restaurant’s owner.
–Jason D. Antos

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