Man Dies After Car Crashes Into Starbucks

The vehicle had apparently passed through the east wall of the business, through the lobby, and came to rest at the front door, police said.

A 30-year-old man has died after he was hit by a car that slammed into a Starbucks in Fillmore.

Police responded to a call of an injury traffic accident involving a vehicle driving into a building and injuring customers in the 650 block of Ventura Street around 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

When they arrived, police found the 2007 Chevy Tahoe, driven by off duty LA County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Cedarland, inside the Starbucks, according to police.

The vehicle had apparently passed through the east wall of the business, through the lobby, and came to rest at the front door, police said.

Witnesses said it sounded like an explosion.

One of the customers, Sergio Mendez, was pinned between the car and the front door frame and had to be pulled out by the Fire Department.

Mendez sustained multiple internal injuries and was rushed to Ventura County Medical Center. He later died during emergency surgery, police said.

Two other victims, Jose Iraheta and Thomas Michaels, sustained minor injuries and were also taken to the hospital. They were treated and released.

Capt. Bruce Macedo of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said the vehicle, an SUV, veered across two lanes of oncoming traffic and jumped a curb before hitting the building.

Police said drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision. Investigators are looking into the possibility Cedarland lost consciousness while driving.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
 

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