The patio at the Sarkis Cafe was destroyed recently when a vehicle accelerated and drove right through it, smashing tables and chairs along the way. The driver of that vehicle wasn't trying to wreck the place, though; he was just unconscious, his foot stuck on the gas pedal, driving out of control.
Even that doesn't appear to be the man's fault. Reports indicate that another driver, a woman who is 25 years old, was trying to make a left turn. She was going down Crawford and turning onto eastbound Gross Point Road. However, she failed to make sure it was clear first, and she turned right into the path of a man in a 2003 Honda. She hit his car with her 2015 Kia.
That man, who is 54 years old, was knocked out in the impact, but his car didn't stop. Instead, his foot pressed down on the gas and he unknowingly plowed off of the road and through the patio of the cafe.
Everything could have been much worse, but the cafe had closed for the day, as the accident happened just after six. There were no people on the patio and no workers in the way of the vehicle. That likely reduced the injury toll significantly. As it was, the woman—who was cited in the crash—got out of it without injury, and the man's injuries weren't major. However, they were bad enough that he ended up getting treatment at Skokie Hospital.
Those who are injured in car accidents, no matter the extent of the injuries, may be able to seek compensation in Chicago.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Cops: Knocked out after crash, driver accelerates into Sarkis Cafe patio," Lee V. Gaines, April 22, 2016