Car crashes into cafe causing injuries
Alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in the collision
–On Saturday, Feb. 25, at approximately 7:58 a.m., 40-year-old Cambria resident Jeremy Preston was driving a GMC Sierra northbound on Main St. in Cambria approaching Burton Dr, at approximately 35 – 45 miles per hour. For reasons still under investigation, Preston continued through the intersection and collided with a parked pickup truck. After striking the truck, Preston continued in a north-westerly direction until striking a Mercedes E320 parked near French Corner Bakery with Cambria resident Ashely Van Duzer inside. The force of the impacted caused the Mercedes to travel approximately 15-20 feet until ramming the exterior wall of French Corner Bakery. After the impact with the wall, both the GMC and the Mercedes came to rest approximately 10-15 feet inside of the French Corner Bakery.
As a result of this collision, approximately five individuals, either sitting or standing near the impact, sustained moderate to major injuries. Preston complained of pain to his ankle and lower back, Van Duzer sustained multiple lacerations to her hand and complained of pain in both legs, her head and her back. Four patrons were injured: Philip Taylor or Cambria sustained abrasions to both ankles, and complained of pain in his ribs, back and left shoulder. Steven Kelly of Camarillo sustained lacerations to his face and lip, and Elizabeth Kelly, also of Camarillo, sustained lacerations to her face, and complained of pain in her abdomen, ribs, and knees. Ruth Armstrong of Cambria sustained fractures to her right ankle and brusing to her left hand.
Alcohol or drugs appear to be a contributing factor in the cause of this collision, according to CHP. Preston was later arrested for DUI.
The collision is still under investigation.