At least four people have been transported to the hospital after a minivan crashed through the front doors of Honeycutt Coffee Monday morning.
Police described the driver as a woman in her 40s or early 50s. Also inside the vehicle at the time of the crash was a female passenger in her 70s.
“The driver went to put the car into park, and according to her, the gas pedal went to the floor and the vehicle went through the building,” said Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado.
Police said both women were transported to Chandler Regional Hospital for possible injuries. Police are investigating whether impairment is a factor.
Around 11: 30 a.m., witnesses nearby said they heard a crash and found glass, tables and chairs strewn across the ground.
Six people were inside the building at the time, including four patrons and two employees.
Customers Adam Hanson and Justin Lunsford were sitting at a table near the entrance when the front of the vehicle plowed through.
“We were sitting right there and we heard a screeching noise and all of a sudden everything moved this way,” Hanson said.
A mother and her young daughter were at a table closest to the front doors. The mother said she and her child were thrown to the ground from the force.
Maricopa Fire/Medical Department assessed injuries of the mother and daughter, but it is unclear at this time if they were also transported to the hospital.
Alvarado confirmed at least two people inside the building have been transported for medical attention.
MPD said an officer processing the scene found medication inside the vehicle, but it still unknown if the medication belonged to the driver, what effects the medication has on the body, and even if she consumed any prior to driving, Alvarado said.
“Our drug recognition experts will be the one taking the case,” Alvarado said. “They will be doing follow-up at the hospital since the driver was already transported.”