A car slammed into an East Boston Burger King restaurant this morning, injuring three people.
Police arrived at the restaurant on Bennington Street in the Orient Heights neighborhood at 8:02 a.m. to find a brown Ford Explorer halfway inside the building, Boston police said.
The car was not running, but the key was in the ignition, police said. The driver of the vehicle was missing.
Boston EMS transported three victims — two women, ages 89 and 73, and one man, age 69 — to Massachusetts General Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.
Witnesses at the scene said the driver of the vehicle took off on foot after the crash. They described him as Hispanic, 5-foot-7, clean-shaven, with a medium build and dark hair, wearing a dark shirt and black shorts, police said.
Shortly after the crash a male arrived at the East Boston police department, claiming he was the owner of the vehicle, police said. The male, who identified himself with a passport from El Salvador, did not match the witnesses’ description of the driver, police said.
The male said the vehicle had multiple drivers and that he gave the keys to a “friend” early that morning, but he could not identify that friend, police said.
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