Crime

Car crashes into Papa Murphy’s in Lynden, none injured

A Honda Accord sits in the entrance of the Papa Murphy’s along Guide Meridian in Lynden after crashing into the store just before 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, April 14. The driver, while pulling up to the storefront, accidentally hit the gas pedal.
A Honda Accord sits in the entrance of the Papa Murphy’s along Guide Meridian in Lynden after crashing into the store just before 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, April 14. The driver, while pulling up to the storefront, accidentally hit the gas pedal. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A car ended up inside a Papa Murphy’s restaurant after the driver mistakenly hit the wrong pedal on Thursday morning, April 14.

The 73-year-old woman who was driving the Honda Accord accidentally hit the gas pedal as she was pulling up to a parking spot outside the store at 8146 Guide Meridian, just before 9:40 a.m., said Lynden Police Chief Jack Foster. The Honda jumped the curb and about a quarter length of the car ended up inside the restaurant’s lobby.

The passenger inside the car was another woman who appeared to be “considerably older” than the driver, Foster said. Both escaped with minor injuries, and were treated and released at the scene by Lynden Fire Department personnel, Foster said. Both were visibly bruised and shaken, he added.

No one was hurt inside the restaurant, Foster said, adding that several workers were in the back prepping for the day. Most of the damage to the building was to the storefront’s windows and framework.

An employee at the restaurant said it would be closed Thursday but would not comment further on the incident.

Foster said he does not anticipate any charges to be filed against the driver.

“It was just one of those unfortunate accidents that occurs,” Foster said.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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