Azafran and my date

So I was set to meet a woman for our first date at Azafran. I walked up to my most favorite restaurant in the city to find a woman with a cardboard sign decorated with pictures of Kayla Peter. 4628108_320X240.jpg
Some of you may remember her as the unfortunate victim of a hit and run.

When I arrived at the restaurant my date had yet to arrive so I waited outside. I saw the sign and realized what it read.

The owner of the Lexus that killed Kayla Peter was the owner of Azafran.

I had no idea. I chatted with the woman and another man about the situation. They said they didn’t want to do anything other than keep her memory alive, and to point out that the owner of Azafran’s car was the vehicle that killed Kayla.
For those of you that don’t know, she was killed in East Falls by a car, 50 feet in front of her home, and the driver sped off. The white lexus was later found based upon a tip to police.

The owner of the car, Susanna Goihman, has not been charged.

Police have stated that this Lexus is in fact the car that killed Kayla.
I decided not to eat at Azafran as I personally felt sick knowing that this woman’s car killed a 15 year old child, and she has yet to speak with the police.

Police say she has retained an attorney and is not talking with investigators at this point.

I have read the stories about Kayla in the news, but I guess I missed the part that the owner of the car owned Azafran. It was such a different way to start a date. When my date arrived I briefly told her the story, had her read the sign, and we ate at the Latest Dish. I won’t be able to go back until this matter is settled. My heart is with Kayla and her family.

11 Comments so far

  1. Jay V (unregistered) on July 30th, 2005 @ 6:36 pm

    I think you made a wise decision. The Dish is an excellent restaurant.

  2. Marisa (unregistered) on July 30th, 2005 @ 10:25 pm

    I had no idea. I used to work a couple of blocks from where the found the car in East Falls, that was kind of shock in itself.

  3. Donna (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 1:14 am

    Thanks Ian, your blog has encouraged those of us who are now in night 24 of Honk For Kayla outside of Ms. Goihman’s home at Queen Lane and Henry Avenue. We want her to wake each day, and go to sleep (if possible) each night thinking of KAYLA.

  4. suzanne (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 12:43 pm

    Good lord.
    How is it not possible to own up to a hit and run?? Yeah, I won’t be eating there, either.

  5. jnj (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 10:24 pm

    Thank you for making the RIGHT decision! Our community is in DEEP sorrow but GREAT unity…and we only hope that more people possess the same HEART and COMPASSION as you do for this horrible tragedy!

  6. guest (unregistered) on August 5th, 2005 @ 6:02 pm

    GOOD For you. No one whould eat there ever again. Goihman left a 15 year old girl to die on the road in front of her house and now hides behind her power attorney.

  7. Angie (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 11:01 am

    Last night, the same thing happened to me at Azafran. I won’t be eating there again, even though it was my favorite restaurant in the city. It is disturbing.

  8. Donna (unregistered) on August 12th, 2005 @ 12:29 pm

    The families of JUSTICE FOR KAYLA began a protest of AZAFRAN on August 9. Why don’t you join us one night on South Street?

  9. Rob (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 1:06 am

    Apparently Azafran is closing down for good in 2 weeks. There was sign in the window from the staff.

  10. Donna (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 2:48 pm

    Tonight when we went to Azafran a hand printed letter was put into the front window as we began the protest:

    12 August 2005
    To the family and friends of Kayla Peter, The staff of Azafran was informed last night that as of 28 August, the restaurant will permanently close its doors.
    It is our understanding that the sale has been in negotiations for more than six months, but regardless of the circumstances, it will be happening nonetheless. We ask that you consider ending your nightly vigil at Azafran…
    It’s an enormous request, because we support your rights to do so, but, please consider that like you, we have families and financial responsibilities. We ask that for the remaining two weeks, we be allowed an honest and fair attempt to meet our obligations to our families and to ourselves.
    We do not claim to know what you are going through, but we know what it’s like to grieve for a loved one.
    The Service and Kitchen Staff
    of Azafran

    Protesters Respond: We will continue the protest until the Grand Jury findings are made public.

  11. Marcy Molina (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 9:14 am

    Funny how, “Negotiations were in the works for more than 6 months now.” See how when you don’t do the right thing, it leads to your whole way of life ending as you know it. There was a reason she didn’t stop. Be it alcohol, drugs, whatever…

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