Police lapel footage released of scene at Jambo Cafe

Joy Wang, Brittany Costello
March 07, 2017 10:17 PM

A lapel cam video offers a firsthand look at what officers saw right after a car crashed through the Santa Fe restaurant Jambo Café.


According to the lapel cam video, the driver's main concern was not hurting anyone else.

When a Santa Fe police Officer ran up to the scene of a crash, he saw glass shattered and debris everywhere, and a car was parked in the middle of a restaurant.

The officer says multiple patients were struck by a car. From the video, you can see at least one person looking like he’s in pain.

The officer then turns a corner and finds an elderly woman sitting at a table.

She seems startled and very concerned. She tells the officer she hopes nobody got hurt.

Police identified her as the driver, and you hear her apologizing over and over.

A witness said she had to open the door and help put the car in park.

The driver explained she was trying to put her car in park but it wouldn't stop.

The damage is still present, what used to be windows are now boarded. Signs have been posted saying they are closed until further notice.

One woman says she was standing in the parking lot by a handicap space when she says that car flew by her.

Fran Vigil says the SUV drove into the building first then reversed into multiple cars and then drove into the window, before reversing again.

Police say the driver was an 83-year-old woman. They say she was actually trying to hit the brakes when she told them she couldn’t stop.

“When I saw these pieces of plaster or whatever falling and people screaming…I mean there was so many people screaming at that time. I got so excited I just fell on my knees and I said God help us,” said Fran Vigil.

Police say multiple people were injured, but no one suffered any life-threatening injuries.


Joy Wang, Brittany Costello

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