October 28, 2020

Man loses control of vehicle, slams into outdoor dining crowd

SAN JOSE — Eight people were taken to a hospital after an elderly driver slammed into a crowd of outdoor diners Sunday at Grand Century Plaza in East San Jose, police said.

Police responded to reports of the crash at about 12:27 p.m. at the intersection of Story Road and McLaughlin Avenue.

Police said that investigators found that an elderly male driver lost control of his vehicle and drove into an outdoor dining area, striking several people.

The injuries ranged from major to minor, police said. There were no immediate updates on the conditions of those more seriously hurt.

John Brown, 40 of San Mateo, was manning a political booth nearby when he saw the collision happen in front of him. Brown said a man driving a pickup truck went across the sidewalk and median and into the parking lot, where some two dozen people were in the outdoor dining area.

The crash was quickly followed by a chaotic flurry of people screaming and attempting to help those who were injured, Brown said, with some laying on the ground, motionless.

“The noise when (the truck) went through was like a huge grinding sound because of all the tables and everything caught underneath,” Brown said. “It was so fast a lot of people didn’t react at first. I saw them go in the ambulances. Everyone was very shocked.”

Officers said the elderly driver may have been in medical distress prior to the collision.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates.

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