CANOGA PARK (CBSLA.com) — A donut shop reopened Saturday several weeks after a driver plowed through the storefront, killing one person and injuring several others.
KCAL9’s Joy Benedict spoke with Jolly Donut owner Sivlai Chung, who said he is thankful for the community support and is offering free coffee throughout the day.
“It’s been a long and hard process, but we’re here,” said Chung. “That’s a good thing.”
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, officers were called to the donut shop located at the intersection of De Soto Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard around 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 after receiving reports that a vehicle plowed through the building.
“The support from the community is tremendous,” Chung added. “Most of my regulars are here almost everyday while we’re working and cleaning up. It’s overwhelming.”
Five victims were taken to a hospital with serious injuries, however, they were all expected to make a full recovery.
A sixth victim, described as an Asian man between the ages of 35 to 45-years-old, was pronounced dead on arrival.
“It was a hard loss, I think for all of us,” said Chung.
Witnesses and surveillance video revealed the man was pushed from one side of the store to the other as the driver of a silver Jeep Liberty, 42-year-old Kristen Chang of Granada Hills, crashed into the store.
Officers said Chang may have mistook the gas pedal for the brake.
No arrests have been made, as the investigation revealed that the crash may not have been intentional, ruling it an accident. It remains ongoing.
Six customers were reportedly inside of the shop when the crash occurred.
The shop reopened it’s doors at 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning.