Mercedes Slams Into Dairy Queen in Coppell

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    A close call Monday for a couple of guys eating their lunch when a car crashed into a Coppell Dairy Queen sending them flying out of their seats. (Published Monday, Apr 28, 2014)

    Two customers of a Coppell Dairy Queen escaped with only cuts and a crazy story Monday after a car plowed through the restaurant and ran over the booth where they were sitting.

    "I seen the expression on his face, it was that close," said Joe Bunch, who was eating lunch inside the Dairy Queen at the corner of Southwestern Boulevard and South Denton Tap Road when the crash happened just before 2 p.m.

    Bunch and his co-worker, Felix De la Paz, watched as the driver of a Mercedes coupe accelerated from a parking spot into the building, knocking through the exterior wall and hitting the booth they were seated in.

    "Shot me and my buddy up towards the counter and I couldn't find him, so I was scared, 'cause I thought it crushed him under the car," said Bunch.

    The force of the crash threw them from the booth and onto the floor. "We are blessed," De la Paz told NBC 5 about surviving the collision.

    The driver either thought he was in reverse or his foot slipped, according to a representative of the Dairy Queen, and is not likely to be charged with a crime.

    Firefighters from the Coppell Fire Department responded to treat the minor injuries Bunch suffered. In addition, representatives from City of Coppell Codes Enforcement determined the building was structurally sound.

    The Dairy Queen was closed afterward, but is expected to open for business again on Tuesday.