Exciting times at Brazza Coffee & Gelato

Adam’s mother is visiting us. I picked her up today at the airport, and we went to grab a late lunch at Brazza, the coffee shop near my apartment. We were just thinking about packing up to leave (or possibly get Gelato) and I was walking around the shop with Lyra. She enjoys walking.

I was looking out the window when I noticed a car about to pull out running in to the parked car behind it. As I watched, the driver realized that she had hit the car behind her and pulled forward quickly. Unfortunately, she then hit the car in front of her. She switched back into reverse quickly, and ran into the car behind her again. Then things got weird.

The driver switched back into drive and basically put her foot to the floor. She accelerated fast enough that her car ran into the little convertible in front of her a second time, this time hard enough to push it forward and out of her way. The convertible smashed into the car parked in front of it, and then rolled back into its own parking space as the car that was causing all the commotion was no longer in its way.

Post-accident outside BrazzaIt wasn’t in the way because she had driven up on the the sidewalk, still gunning the engine, and smashed into the patio at the Yaas Bazaar. I can’t really say how long she was there, wedged into the patio, but the entire time she was still pushing her foot to the floor on the gas pedal. A cloud of smoke and the smell of burning rubber was intense, and I started to worry that she would back up again and smash through the window of Brazza. I picked Lyra up and went towards the back of the shop, which was starting to fill up with smoke.

Someone got worried that the car was going to explode and told everyone to go out the back door, so we did, (but seriously, cars don’t explode except in the movies, unless something happens to light the gas tank on fire.)

Once the car had stopped and the engine was off, I went back through to the front of the store to see the aftermath. And boy howdy was it something else. She managed to take out three cars besides her own, plus a bike rack. If Kate (coffee shop staffer) had been working, her bike would have been wrecked, since the rack was wedged between the car and the Yaas Bazaar patio.

Fortunately there was no one sitting on the patio itself. The people sitting outside Brazza narrowly avoided getting hit, and it was also fortunate that no one was walking on that section of sidewalk at that moment. As it turned out, no one was hurt, although the driver was definitely in shock.

If we had decided to leave a minute earlier, we could have been on the sidewalk when it happened. Crazy to think of.

Since I saw the whole thing from inside Brazza, I went up to the police officer and wrote up a witness report. I also pulled out the point & shoot digital camera that I had on me at the time and snapped a few pictures.

It certainly made for an exciting afternoon. I wish I had my real camera with me rather than the point and shoot, but what can you do? Carrying the baby bag around means I don’t get the carry the big camera as much anymore. But at least I got something.

Post-accident outside Brazza


  • medlir

    September 12, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Wow. How old was she?

  • linguafranca

    September 12, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Ohhh no. Hahaha. What could she possibly have been thinking?

  • jenny

    September 12, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Did she have a stroke or something? A serious case of road rage?? That is insane! It is a blessing that no one was hurt.

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    September 13, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Middle-aged, 50s or 60s is my estimate.

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    September 13, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Who knows? Maybe she hit the gas thinking it was the brake. Or maybe she tried to make a break for it after realizing she’d hit another car, and wanted to get away, but steered up onto the sidewalk in an epic fail moment…

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    September 13, 2009 at 12:46 am

    She looked kind of numb while she was doing it. when I saw her afterwards she was in shock. Didn’t seem like road rage so much as very, very poor planning… like she hit the gas instead of the brake and panicked and hit it harder or something. But I can only speculate, since I’m not her…

  • Anonymous

    October 28, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    was she iranian?