Someone drove a car into The Hornet, and management is going to put up a sign asking that people not do that

A pedestrian was hit but was not seriously injured.

A car ran into The Hornet on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2018. (Courtesy: Sean Workman)

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A car ran into The Hornet on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2018. (Courtesy: Sean Workman) south broadway; car crash;
A car ran into The Hornet on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2018. (Courtesy Sean Workman)

A man crashed his car into The Hornet restaurant on Broadway and First Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, hitting one pedestrian and doing extensive damage to a doorway and window.

Denver Police Department spokesman Doug Schepman said the person who was hit was not seriously injured.

The driver, 51-year-old William Maheu, was driving south on Broadway and making a left turn onto First Avenue when he hit the curb, then the pedestrian and the building. Schepman said he’s been cited for reckless driving, careless driving and no proof of insurance.

He also said there were no notes to indicate that the driver was intoxicated.

A car ran into The Hornet on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2018. (Courtesy: Sean Workman) south broadway; car crash;
A car ran into The Hornet on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2018. (Courtesy Sean Workman)

Sean Workman, owner of The Hornet, said they’re working on a temporary exterior wall now so they can stay open for a “Singles Awareness Party” event tonight. They’ll spray-paint it to say “yes we’re open, no this is not a drive thru,” he added.

Update: They did.

This is the third or fourth time a car collided with The Hornet, according to Workman. Sometime around 2002, he said, a car crashed into the restaurant and took out the whole corner.

The Hornet's owner, Sean Workman, and manager, Laura Banning, clean up after a car ran into its north entrance, Feb. 14, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) south broadway; denver; denverite; car crash; bars; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
The Hornet’s owner, Sean Workman, and manager, Laura Banning, clean up after a car ran into its north entrance, Feb. 14, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Laura Banning, The Hornet’s manager, said she was just telling a colleague the other day that she was afraid something like this might happen.

Kevin J. Beaty contributed to this report.

The Hornet on Broadway after a car ran into its north entrance, Feb. 14, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) south broadway; denver; denverite; car crash; bars; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
The Hornet on Broadway after a car ran into its north entrance, Feb. 14, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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