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Members of a family injured when an SUV crashed into the Pacoima restaurant where they were dining are suing the driver and the building owner.

The Manzo family’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges negligence by the Studio City-based Piken Co. as well as by driver Juanita Del Carmen Morales. The suit filed Wednesday seeks unspecified damages.

A representative for the company could not be immediately reached.

According to the lawsuit, Marcela Manzo Covarrubias and her daughters, 5- year-old Brianna and 3-year-old Kathleen, were sitting in the Little Caesars restaurant at 12733 Van Nuys Blvd. about 5:50 p.m. Aug. 18 when a compact SUV driven by Morales crashed into the eatery.

The two girls were pinned under the SUV until help arrived, according to the suit. Brianna suffered a broken right leg and Kathleen was also hurt. The complaint does not elaborate on the younger girl’s injuries other than to say they were severe.

Covarrubias suffered a broken right leg and head injuries, the suit says.

Pedro Manzo — the girls’ father and Covarrubias’ husband — and the couple’s son, David, were in a parked car across the street from the restaurant. They suffered emotional distress after they heard their family members screaming in pain, the suit says.

Morales was trying to park her SUV when the accident occurred, according to the plaintiffs, who allege the Piken Co. was negligent for not having barriers placed in front of the restaurant that could have prevented the accident.

City News Service

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