The Holden Commodore lurched into tables outside the shop front around 10am today, at the corner of Malton Road and Roma Street in North Epping, emergency services said.
Witnesses told Seven News a mothers’ group had been sitting outside the cafe at the time after dropping their children off at the local primary school.
One woman at the scene could be seen crying and clutching her hand over her face while on the phone after the incident.
Multiple ambulance crews rushed to treat 10 people with injuries, including a woman with critical abdominal injuries.
In an updated statement this afternoon, NSW Police said the 40-year-old woman had been taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition but later died.
Nine other people were treated at the scene and four were taken to hospital in a stable condition.
NSW Ambulance Superintendent Steve Vaughan said two of those had leg injuries and the other two had minor injuries.
He told Nine News crews arrived to find “a number of patients spread across the scene”.
“When you get a call like this, you can’t help but think the worst, then all of a sudden your training kicks in and you find yourself thinking about the best way to triage and treat the patients, while managing the scene,” he said.
Local police have spoken to an 89-year-old man who was driving the car. He was taken to Ryde Hospital for mandatory testing.
Crash investigations continue.
North Epping Update – Paramedics currently treating 10 patients. One patient is in a critical condition.
— NSW Ambulance (@NSWAmbulance) February 28, 2020