(KRON) — A vehicle crashed into a business Sunday afternoon after it lost control in a street race, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) confirmed to KRON4. Around 3:15 p.m., an Acura SUV crashed into Wise Sons Jewish Deli located at 1700 Franklin Street.
Two vehicles were racing in the area, according to OPD. The Acura took out a fire hydrant after it lost control. The driver escaped before police arrived at the scene.
OPD is investigating this crash as a hit-and-run, and no arrests have been made. No injuries have been reported at this time.
The deli’s co-owner said he is frustrated with what he calls a lack of response from the city.
“Thank God I had one employee, our manager there since we were closed,” said co-owner Evan Bloom. “He happened to be upstairs when the incident occurred.”
Bloom said the business has been facing challenges lately related to crime and street conditions.
“There’s a lot going on in Oakland,” he said. “This combined with every other month we get broken into or our windows broken. It’s discouraging. It’s obviously financially difficult. It’s also scary for my employees and their safety.”
Believe it or not, this is not even the first time a vehicle has crashed into Wise Sons Deli. A previous incident occurred back in March of 2022. That time the business was open. Luckily, no one was injured.
KRON4 reached out to Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao’s office for a comment on what’s being done to help business owners like Bloom. We have yet to receive a reply.