LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — One person is dead and two people are in serious condition after a car crashed into a restaurant in Silver Lake Wednesday.
The crash took out a tree and sent a Ford Explorer into the patio area of L&E Oyster Bar at about 11 a.m. in the 1300 block of Silver Lake Boulevard. The SUV apparently hit a man on a Vespa-style scooter.READ MORE: Sheriff: Gunman Shot At Man From Moving Car, Then Chased Him To Lancaster Gas Station To Shoot Him Again In The Head
“The Explorer pushed the moped off the side of the road into some fixtures, a lamp standard, and ended up in front of this restaurant,” an LAPD officer at the scene said.
The rider of the scooter, a man in his 50s, was declared dead at the scene. He has not been identified pending notification of his family.
Two others who were in the Explorer, a 72-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man, were taken to a hospital in at least serious condition, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.READ MORE: Meat Loaf, Entertainer Known For 'I'd Do Anything For Love,' Countless Other Hits, Dies At 74
Witnesses said the Explorer was speeding and driving erratically.
“People use this street as a highway because they are in a rush to get somewhere,” one witness said.
Police did not say if speed, drugs or alcohol were a factor in the fatal crash.MORE NEWS: Comedian Louie Anderson Dies At 68 After Battle With Cancer
Inspectors were called out to check the structural integrity of the building.