GLENDALE ( — A man was killed and five people were injured Thursday afternoon when a car crashed into a Glendale bakery.

The vehicle, driven by a 72-year-old woman, crossed four lanes of traffic and hit five cars in a strip mall parking lot before it barreled into Oledina’s Cake Factory in the 1100 block of East Broadway around 1:15 p.m.

Detectives said a 55-year-old man, who friends identified as a beloved father, was grabbing a cup of coffee when he was struck by the vehicle and pinned against a counter.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Five others sustained minor injuries.

A woman who was hit in the bakery’s parking lot was transported to the hospital.

Nadia Garcia told KCAL9’s Tom Wait that her car was swiped by the Lexus driver.

“She was coming full-speed and was about to hit me and swerved, so she hit the side of my car. From there, she literally flew into the bakery and she hit two cars when she was on her way over there. She literally flew. It was like an action movie,” she said.

Garcia continued, “It was shock. People were screaming, people were crying. People were trying to get in there and help, but there was glass everywhere.”

Police said the driver got her nails done across the street. As she was leaving, she lost control of the car.

“She walked out of the car and she was alive. I thought she would be dead,” said Garcia.

The driver, who wasn’t hurt, is in custody under evaluation.

The investigation is ongoing.


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