CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jose Lopez is still getting calls asking if his drive-thru is open.
Two weeks after the driver of a red Mazda 5 minivan backed through a wall at his Los Agaves restaurant in South Charleston, Lopez is still working to get things back to normal.
The crash took out a section of the restaurant's dining area and left a gaping hole in its exterior wall.
Even though workers had it temporarily patched and the restaurant back open by the next morning, Lopez said he's been getting calls every day since wondering if he's reopened.
"I know it's slowed business down, but it could have been worse," Lopez said.
Though the crash occurred during the height of the dinner rush - about 7:30 p.m. on July 10 - no one inside suffered more than a few scrapes and bruises.
Lopez wasn't at the restaurant at the time of the crash. He had traveled to Chicago that week with his family to attend funeral services for a relative.
While Lopez owns and manages the restaurant, he leases the building from Delegate Doug Skaff's development company.
Skaff, D-Kanawha, drove to the scene shortly after the crash to assess the damage.
"It's just amazing how nobody really got hurt," Skaff said. "It just startled people more than anything."
Skaff said the driver, whom he did not name, was trying to back out of a parking space. He said as the driver was backing out, he apparently caught a glimpse of someone walking close to his vehicle and hit what he thought was the brakes.
"They meant to jam on the brakes but hit the gas and just floored it," Skaff said.
Lopez said he watched the security tape of the incident after returning to West Virginia and said the driver - who he said was a local doctor - came close to hitting two people who were walking near his vehicle as he backed out.
"He barely missed them," Lopez said. "By like a foot or couple inches."
Lopez guessed the car then sped up to 15 or 20 mph before colliding with the store.