ARLINGTON, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – It was a shocking and frightening sight at a local restaurant in Arlington. An SUV crashed into the building, injuring several people.
“I had an employee call me. She said, ‘I need you to get here immediately,’” said Lana Hickey, Crave Coffee Bar and Bistro Owner. “I pulled up, and there it was.”
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said an elderly woman was trying to park Tuesday afternoon when she had a medical emergency. She drove right into the coffee bar.
Deputies say four to five people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Two of those injured were sent to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
“I know some of the kids that were there studying are in high school, so they’re a little shaken up,” said Hickey.
A passenger in the SUV –who had a felony warrant for theft of property– ran away from the crash. Deputies caught him on William Hill Road shortly after.
“First of all, I witnessed God’s protective hand over everybody in there, because it could have been so tragic, but secondly, I witnessed our community and the heart of our community and our place in it,” said Hickey.
Hickey said in about 15 minutes after word spread about the crash, volunteers came for the cleanup.
“They were mopping and cleaning and wiping things down, cleaning up tons of glass,” said Shawn Patton, Owner of Patton Plumbing, Heating and AC, LLC. “I frequent here all the time. Like I said, these are very good owners here, and they just needed a helping hand from other business owners. We’re all small businesses, and we try to stick together.”
“If you can believe it, the only thing that has been damaged is our front door. After we got in and got everything. I mean, some of our tables and that are damaged. After getting in there and looking, the only thing that’s damaged is our front door. We should have it replaced this week.”
In the meantime, volunteers signed their names on the temporary door leaving a new mark on a community favorite.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s a fantastic feeling,” said Hickey.
Crave Coffee Bar and Bistro is still open for business.