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Car Crashes into Wokcano at 7th and Flower

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, September 18, 2009, at 06:44AM
Wokano Accident Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Two vehicles involved in an early morning collision at 7th and Flower await removal from the scene.

(Updated 12:00pm) A white Camry crashed through the front window at Wokcano early this morning after being involved in a two-car accident in the intersection of 7th and Flower. By 7:30am, both streets were reopened.

The crash marks the second time in less than four months that the building at 818 W. 7th has been struck by an automobile. That fact was not lost on a representative from the building, who asked not to be named. "We're wondering what comes next," he said as he surveyed cleanup.

The white Camry was traveling southbound on Flower street when it was struck by or struck a red minivan traveling westbound on 7th. The accident took place at 5:45am.

It's clear that someone ran the light, but LAPD says that early eye witness reports are conflicting.

Each vehicle had a single passenger, and both were transported for care. An LAPD on-scene said that the driver of the Camry exited the vehicle under his own power, but that the driver of the minivan had to be loaded onto a stretch by paramedics with possible paralysis.

Streets were closed for one block in each direction, but both are now re-opened.

Damage to the restaurant was limited to the main entryway. The building representative said that it would be up to the restaurant whether they would open today, but that it wouldn't surprise him to see them open. [Update (noon): The restaurant did indeed open for lunch as normal.]

On May 28 a station wagon struck the Bank of America branch in the same building at 7th and Figueroa.

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