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March 26, 2019

Dash for hot sauce likely saved life of Florida Taco Bell customer

March 17, 2019
Emmanuel Akowuah crashed into a Winter Haven, Fla., Taco Bell on Saturday. (Kim Kulish / Corbis via Getty Images)

Good thing this Taco Bell customer prefers his food spicy!

A Florida man is lucky to be alive Saturday after leaving his table at the Winter Haven eatery to grab some hot sauce packets. Moments later, a runaway car barreled into the restaurant and crashed into the table he had been enjoying his meal, reported TV station WFLA.


Cops said Emmanuel Akowuah, 77, was backing out of a parking spot when he inadvertently shifted the car back into drive. The vehicle then jumped a curb and rammed through the building before screeching to a halt about 10 feet inside.

Neither Akowuah nor his passenger wife was injured, but the car’s airbags did deploy, cops said Saturday.

Police stated no one inside the restaurant was injured although the building did sustain significant damage.

The identity of the lucky diner who averted potential death was not revealed, and it was unclear if Akowuah is facing charges.

In February, Oregon resident Jeremy Taylor survived for five days on Taco Bell sauce packets after his vehicle was trapped in snow in Sunriver, reported The Associated Press.

He was rescued March 1.

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