A car crashed into the awning of the Peter Pan Diner in Fort Lauderdale on Monday night, causing the awning to collapse onto and crushing the restaurant manager's car, according to a worker at the diner.
The popular eatery has been at 1216 E. Oakland Park Blvd. for more than 30 years.
At about 11 p.m. Monday, a Penske rental truck leaving the parking lot didn't have enough room to clear the overhang and crashed into it. The awning collapsed onto the cab of the truck and a white car parked partially underneath it.
Juan Molero, a waiter at the iconic spot, said he heard a loud noise when the crash happened.
"I was in the kitchen," he said. "We just heard a thunderous crash."
The restaurant owner said the two men in the Penske truck were in the diner, eating, before the crash. The owner said that after the crash, the driver got out and ran away, leaving the other man in the cab of the truck.
The Broward Sheriff's Office said it knows who the driver is, and investigators are trying to contact him.
Molero said he hoped insurance would cover the damage, and he is grateful that no one was seriously injured. The passenger left behind in the Penske truck had only minor cuts and scrapes.
"It could have been a lot worse," Molero said. "I mean, someone could have gotten really hurt."
The 24-hour diner remains open.