Teens on joyride crash into restaurant

HAWTHORNE, Calif. The accident happened after 1 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of 141st Street and Hawthorne Boulevard.

The restaurant was closed at the time of the crash, but the impact triggered the burglar alarm and the family was alerted.

Victor Alvarez, the son of the restaurant owner, told Eyewitness News that the driver took the car without his mother's permission. He says the woman appeared to be very disappointed and upset.

"They just let them go because one of them was underage and the other one, like, because he wasn't really doing anything, he was just in the back seat," said Alvarez. "But they said that they could have took them both to jail, but the mother didn't want to press charges."

No one was injured in the accident.

It is unclear how fast the car was traveling or what caused the teenage driver to lose control of the vehicle.

The restaurant owner hopes to board up the hole where the car crashed into the building, and open for business later Tuesday. With the cost of repairs, he doesn't want to take the added financial hit of having to close.

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