Fulton County

Several injured after car smashes into busy metro Atlanta restaurant

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — A man crashed his SUV into a restaurant, according to police.

Malone’s on 1200 Virginia Avenue in East Point had to close around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday due to the crash.

"I saw this car come through the window,” witness Randy Smith said.

"A Toyota SUV halfway in the dining room,” manager Kyle Schexnayder said. "Then I turned the corner and I heard some folks screaming out here."


Cell phone video from the aftermath shows the struggle as the driver was detained.

You can see the chaos inside of the restaurant.

"It was kind of awesome,” Smith said. “I was just hoping that nobody got hurt."

"I called 911 right away and the police and everybody that came out here pretty quickly,” Schexnayder said.

Two men and one woman were injured. They had been sitting near the window.

East Point police say they aren't certain if the driver was impaired or if he accidentally sped into the restaurant.

"It would seem that maybe instead of hitting the brake he hit the gas, but I’m can't really speak to that to any certainty,” Schexnayder said.

The victims received minor injuries.

Police tell Channel 2's Carl Willis the driver was cited for reckless driving.