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Woman crashes into New York chicken shack, injuring a customer eating it

An elderly woman in a pink tracksuit crashed her car through the window of a fried chicken restaurant in Brighton Beach on Friday, seriously injuring a man who was eating there.

The woman, who identified herself only as Sveta, was driving her black Honda CRV around 10:45 a.m. when she suddenly lost control and crashed into Palace Fried Chicken on Brighton Beach Avenue near Beach 6th Street, police officers and witnesses.

“My brakes were defective. Something was wrong with the car,” said Sveta, who appeared unharmed after lighting a cigarette. She refused to answer any further questions.

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Sveta did not formally apologize to Bakat after hitting him.
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Sveta smokes a cigarette while the male victim waits for medical help.
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An elderly man eating at the restaurant was hit by the car and injured.

“I sat at a table and waited, and then…” the man, who gave his name to Bakat, told the Post before being taken away by paramedics.

“[I’m] not good. My leg hurts, it’s broken. My head hurts.”

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Sveta claims the brakes on her black Honda CRV malfunctioned before she drove into the fried chicken restaurant.
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Sveta’s vehicle smashed the restaurant’s entrance and hit the counter.
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An elderly woman named Sveta drove to Palace Fried Chicken on Brighton Beach.
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Bakat was reportedly eating as Sveta’s black Honda CRV sped through the restaurant.
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He was taken to Lutheran Hospital in serious condition, the FDNY said.

Ahmad Arifee, the restaurant’s owner, told the Post he has multiple businesses and “has never experienced anything like it.”

“You hear about it, but everyone has a first, I think,” Arifee said.

“I saw them come in, I saw the car come in. It went too fast.”

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Firefighters investigate the scene of the accident while Sveta gets out of her car.
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Bakat claimed his leg was “broken” after the car crash.
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Injured customer Bakat appears to be in severe pain after being hit.
Injured customer Bakat appears to be in severe pain after being hit.
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Additional reporting by Craig McCarthy

https://nypost.com/2022/09/16/woman-crashes-into-nyc-chicken-joint-injures-eating-customer/ Woman crashes into New York chicken shack, injuring a customer eating it

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