Taco Bell cus­tomer wanted more sauce – it saved his life

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Madeleine Marr

MI­AMI – A cus­tomer at a Taco Bell in Win­ter Haven, Fla., got very lucky over the week­end.

Ac­cord­ing to a Face­book post from the Win­ter Haven Po­lice De­part­ment, an uniden­ti­fied man was sit­ting eat­ing his food around 4:30 p.m. Satur­day when he de­cided he needed more sea­son­ing for his meal.

Within sec­onds of him get­ting up from his seat to re­trieve hot sauce, a car crashed through the restau­rant.

The ve­hi­cle was driven by Em­manuel Akowuah of New York, who had parked right in front of the fast-food spot.

The 77-year-old told cops that he thought he was plac­ing the car in re­verse but ac­ci­den­tally put it into drive.

“The ve­hi­cle jumped the curb and went into the build­ing com­ing to a rest ap­prox­i­mately 10 feet in­side of the build­ing,” ac­cord­ing to a po­lice state­ment.

Nei­ther Akowuah or his wife, who was in the pas­sen­ger seat, was in­jured.

“The car caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the build­ing, but au­thor­i­ties do not have an es­ti­mate on how much it will cost to re­pair the restau­rant.”

Mirac­u­lously, the cus­tomer was sit­ting in the ex­act spot where the im­pact oc­curred, and got up at the right time.

Win­ter Haven po­lice spokes­woman Jamie Brown said it’s for­tu­nate that no one was even in­jured.

“This was a se­ri­ous crash: the airbags de­ployed and the build­ing kind of caved in,” she said. “The oc­cu­pants could have been in­jured and the man who got up to get more hot sauce could have sus­tained a dev­as­tat­ing in­jury, or even death.”

She adds that he was the only one sit­ting in the area of the crash.

“He should play the lot­tery,” she said. Many com­menters on the post agreed:

“I’m so glad no one was in­jured. I want to know what the man’s ex­tra sauce packet said though! ‘To­day is your lucky day’?”

“Saved by the sauce,” wrote an­other.

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