One person died and six were hospitalized after an elderly woman parked her Bentley hit the gas instead of the brake and backed into an outdoor diner at an Italian restaurant in Miami Beach.
- An elderly woman parked outside a restaurant in Miami Beach lost control and crashed into customers traveling on the street.
- The accident happened near the Italian restaurant Call Me Gaby just after 18:00.
- The driver accidentally pressed the gas instead of the brake, and the car crashed into the tables
- One person died and six others were injured, including a child.
An elderly woman trying to parallel park her Bentley slammed on the gas instead of the brake while she was reversing and accelerated to an open-air eatery in a busy Miami Beach restaurant, killing one person and sending six others to hospital.
The crash happened on Washington Avenue in trendy South Beach just after 6:00 p.m. near Call Me Gaby Italian restaurant, causing tables to be overturned and napkins scattered on the sidewalk.
When the elderly female driver was turning back, she accelerated without warning and crashed into several tables, police said.
Police have not identified the driver and have not said if she will be charged.
A car that looks like a Bentley can be seen from an angle compared to other vehicles.
The police could be seen standing next to the car after the accident.
An elderly woman parked outside a restaurant in Miami Beach lost control and crashed into customers traveling on the street. Pictured is Washington Street in Miami Beach.
Images from outside the restaurant show how close the dining tables are to the road.
A police tape was quickly installed along Washington Avenue and the road was closed.
Miami Beach Police tweeted details of the incident on Wednesday evening.
Witness Clement Lautier shared a video showing smoke and people fleeing the restaurant.
Seven people, including a child, were hospitalized, many of them on stretchers. One of them later died from his injuries.
Police have not identified either the deceased victim or any of the injured.
“I will never eat outside a restaurant on a busy street again, I just watched a car crash into people eating on the street in Miami Beach,” Ryan tweeted.
As a result, the street had to be closed while the police and other first responders investigated, stating that local 10.
The Miami Beach Police then tweeted to the public to avoid the area, which was closed due to reports of the NBC Miami investigation.
One Twitter user wrote of his shock at witnessing the drama unfold.
Washington Street in Miami Beach was closed after the incident
The car is seen crashing into eateries early Thursday evening while they were eating outdoors.