A car struck two women yesterday evening before crashing through the front of an Adams Morgan restaurant. The Washington Post reports that the two pedestrians were waiting on a traffic island at the intersection of 18th Street and Florida Avenue when the car, heading south, struck them while attempting to turn left onto Florida from 18th. The impact threw the women at least 30 feet, sending both to the hospital. One remains in critical condition, and the other is in serious condition. The driver of the vehicle was unhurt.
Following the collision, the vehicle careened into Keren Restaurant (1780 Florida Avenue NW), shattering the front window before coming to a stop. There were several patrons in the restaurant, none of whom were hurt.
Police have charged the 23-year-old female driver with driving while intoxicated and aggravated assault. Neither her identity nor the identity of the victims has been released.
UPDATE: The driver has been identified as Chamica Adams of Mitchellville, Md. TBD reports that her BAC was between .17 and .18 at the time of the crash, more than twice DC’s legal limit. One of the victims has been identified as Julia Bachleitner, a second-year student at SAIS. She remains in critical condition.