OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) – A popular Broward County diner spent Tuesday morning cleaning up a major mess after a large overhang crashed to the ground when it was struck by a truck.

The large canopy, in front of the Peter Pan Diner on East Oakland Park Boulevard near North Dixie Highway, was struck by a driver in a Penske rental truck around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

The owner said there were five people in the 24-hour diner at the time.

“He broke the canopy and it fell all over the ground, then the driver left,” said owner Peter Kourkoumelis.

Kourkoumelis’ Toyota RAV4, which was parked under the overhang at the time of the crash, was partially crushed.

The owner is insured so cleanup of the wreckage began at daybreak and the owner plans to have the overhang rebuilt.

Tuesday morning, the diner was back in business as the cleanup took place which made for interesting breakfast conversation for regulars like the Losannos.

“I never experienced a hurricane here but it was like a hurricane and then I heard the truck driver ran away,” said Bart Losanno.

“And to think he just left. That’s not good,” said Bodine Losanno.

BSO continues to look for the driver.

If you have any information, please call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.


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