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SUV Crashes Into Restaurant As Patrons Dine



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UPDATE: Police have identified the driver of the vehicle, a 2002 Acura MDX SUV, that crashed into King's Breakfast & Lunch, as Douglas Gabel, 59, of Monroe. Mr Gabel veered into King's driveway to avoid a collision with a 2017 Acura MDX SUV driven by Theodore Shear, 78, of Bridgewater, who was attempting to turn into the eatery's driveway, in front of Mr Gabel, who had been traveling northward on South Main Street. Further details are in the March 8 print edition of The Newtown Bee.

As patrons were eating in the dining room of King’s Breakfast & Lunch at 271 South Main Street (Route 25) about 2:30 pm on Monday, March 4, an unidentified motorist driving an Acura MDX SUV drove into the side of the wood-frame building, with the vehicle crashing through a wall and partially entering the structure, startling those inside.

Although the people involved in the accident were shaken up by the incident, apparently only minor injuries occurred. The front end of the large SUV penetrated the building up to the vehicle’s exterior rear-view mirrors.

Police, the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Botsford volunteer firefighters responded to the scene.

Also, the town’s fire marshal and building inspector went to the restaurant to check on the incident. A town food inspector also was called in to investigate.

Chief Building Official John Poeltl said that damage to the building included a window, a door, and a section of wall. A damage estimate on the building was not immediately available.

After the SUV was extracted from the restaurant, a restoration company made some emergency repairs to the damaged area of the building. An insurance inspection was anticipated.

More information on the incident will be published as details become available.

A large SUV squarely struck the side of a restaurant on South Main Street in Botsford on Monday afternoon as patrons dined inside the building.  (Bee Photo, Gorosko)

Some Botsford volunteer firefighters worked nearby after a motorist drove an Acura MDX SUV into the side of King’s Breakfast and Lunch at 271 South Main Street on Monday afternoon.                                       — Bee Photo, Gorosko

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