A truck jumped a curb, struck a 78-year-old woman and crashed through the front of a restaurant Thursday in downtown San Rafael, authorities said.
The vehicle, a 1991 Chevrolet Blazer, pinned the woman inside the restaurant for about 10 minutes until firefighters could free her, said San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher.
The woman was taken to Marin General Hospital with "significant" injuries, said San Rafael fire Capt. Rich Hamilton.
The man driving the vehicle was taken to the police station for questioning. Police did not release his name, but said he was 55 and lived in El Sobrante. The man had a vendor's booth at the Thursday farmers market.
Police ruled out alcohol or drugs as a factor in the crash.
The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. at Lundy's Home Cooking at 1143 Fourth St. between A and B streets. That part of the street was already closed to allow vendors to set up for the weekly farmers' market.
Argellio Savido, who works at Lundy's, was inside the restaurant when the vehicle barreled in. Savido, speaking through a translator, said the restaurant had closed at 4 p.m. and no customers were inside, but that he had been standing in front of the window not long before the crash.
Elena Alvarez, owner of Taqueria Bahia on B Street, said she could feel the impact from her restaurant and that it was "like a bomb."
"I was just hoping they were OK," she said.
San Rafael police Lt.
Bobby Michener, who owns Diamond Sports Cards across the street, said it sounded like the car accelerated before hitting the building.
"It was startling, for sure," he said.
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