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Chicago Crash: Car slams into Near North Side Uproar restaurant patio, door, 6 diners injured, police say

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CHICAGO (WLS) — Six outdoor diners were injured when a car jumped a curb late Friday night and crashed into a restaurant near the North Side, the Chicago Fire Department said.

“It was shocking, but I’m really happy with how everyone handled the situation as best they could,” said Jeffrey Magee, Uproar’s assistant general manager.

Customer service at Uproar came second this Saturday night as Magee said he wants to make sure his employees are well taken care of.

“We have engaged a complaints officer to speak to our staff,” Magee added. “I want our employees to feel like this place is a home. That’s kind of our mantra, like a lot of other places. We’re a family. But we really function as a family.”

Chicago police said it happened around 10:30 p.m. when the driver of a silver Lexus sedan attempted to pass a Toyota Prius heading south on the 1200 block of North Wells Street.

The Lexus pinched the Toyota, lost control of the wheel, jumped the curb and landed on the sidewalk before pulling into the restaurant, CPD said.

Video of the scene shows the vehicle crashing into Uproar’s outdoor patio and front door.

Four patrons and two employees were placed on stretchers and taken to hospital.

Police said two women had broken legs when the front door of the business was shattered.

“We saw all our employees running away, doing what they had to do to pick someone up, help someone on the ground,” Magee said.

Everyone is supposed to be okay.

The driver of the car ran away, according to the fire service.

“I immediately got into my car and chased them! They ran through the park. I drove through the park,” said a witness.

While an open sign stands for the damage left behind, even as far as the building next door, the owners said they are now raising money to support the victims left with both physical and emotional damage.

“Just to know that the place is loved and our staff is loved, our staff is loved and everyone is really concerned. I don’t think it repairs wounds, but it certainly restores a little bit of mental health,” Magee said.

In just one day, the fundraiser has already crossed $23,000.

The police tell us that the driver of the Prius was not injured while they are still looking for the suspect.

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