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Texas waitress saves boy, takes impact of car that crashed into restaurant

A Texas waitress jumped to help a young boy after a runaway car drove through a local Italian restaurant on Saturday.

Linh Tran Flores and her family were just getting into their seats to enjoy a weekend meal at Gino’s Italian Restaurant in Round Rock, Texas, when they heard a deafening crash.

“In my head, I thought someone just dropped a big tray of something, whether it was glasses or plates or something,” Flores told Fox 7.

Round Rock police and firefighters responded at 5 p.m. on December 10 at Gino's Italian Restaurant on the 1701 block of South Mays Street.

Round Rock police and firefighters responded at 5 p.m. on December 10 at Gino’s Italian Restaurant on the 1701 block of South Mays Street.
(Round Rock Police Department)

She said when she turned around, she saw a car speeding through the restaurant, leaving behind broken glass and debris.

“When it comes through the restaurant, it pushes chairs around and that’s how we all get knocked off our chairs,” Flores said.

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The mother immediately feared for the safety of her children as they were in the direct path of the car.

“They’re flying under tables and it happened so fast I was just in shock and I was so scared they got hit by the car I wasn’t sure what happened and then I yelled for them and then I saw them crawl out, so I had a huge sense of relief,” Flores said.

Gina Minardi, the restaurant’s co-owner, said a waitress reacted immediately and pushed the little boy away from the oncoming car.

“The waitress was right next to the table and she pushed the little boy away, otherwise he would have been hit head-on,” Minardi said.

The waitress was hit by the car and broke her leg in the accident.

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Flores said her children walked away with bumps and bruises that can be healed, but they have a sense of anxiety that will take time to heal.

Flores said her children walked away with bumps and bruises that can be healed, but they have a sense of anxiety that will take time to heal.
(fox 7)

Round Rock Police and Fire Department responded to reports of the crash at 5 p.m. and rescued the injured.

“Seriously, I could just cry because it was so scary how quickly it happened,” Minardi said. “And it could have been so awful, even worse, but they walked in like the whole restaurant had been torn down and so many showed up and they must get so much credit for that because if it wasn’t for them, I know not even where we would have been.”

Round Rock PD said two people were taken to hospital and six others were injured. Flores said her children walked away with bumps and bruises that can be healed, but they have a sense of anxiety that will take time to heal.

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“They don’t even want to go out to eat anywhere right now, they’re just so nervous,” Flores said.

Round Rock Police say the accident was unintentional as the driver was elderly and showed no signs of poisoning. No criminal charges were filed.

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