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1 killed when SUV slams into Starbucks in Fillmore

December 14, 2011 |  8:44 am

SUV slams into Starbucks
A man was killed when an SUV slammed into a Starbucks in Fillmore, authorities said Wednesday.

Sergio Mendez, 30, was in the coffee shop on Highway 126 at 7 p.m. Tuesday when the sport utility vehicle crashed through the east wall, according the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

The SUV pinned Mendez against the front door frame.

Mendez and two others were rushed to Ventura County Medical Center, where the other victims were treated and released. Mendez, who suffered serious internal injuries, died during surgery.

The driver was not arrested after officers determined he did not appear to be intoxicated.

He may have fallen asleep at the wheel, but other possibilities were being investigated, said Capt. Bruce Macedo of the Sheriff’s Department.

“It appears he was driving westbound there,” Macedo said. “The driver had to cross two opposing lines of traffic, jump a curb and cross the parking lot and then went into the business.”

The Starbucks was red-tagged, which means no one can go inside, and KTLA-TV reported that an adjacent pizza restaurant also was closed because of damage from the crash.

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Photo: An SUV that slammed into a Starbucks in Fillmore. Credit: KTLA-TV.

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