2 killed after SUV smashes into Hardee’s in North Carolina


An SUV slammed into a Hardee’s restaurant in North Carolina this week, killing two brothers who were eating breakfast inside, police said.

The fatal crash happened around 9.45am on Sunday at the Forest Hills Road fast food restaurant in Wilson, about 40 miles east of Raleigh.

The Lincoln Aviator struck brothers Christopher Ruffin, 58, and Clay Ruffin, 62, both of Wilson, police say.

Gabriela Palacios Alonzo told WRAL station that she was in the drive-thru when she heard an employee shouting. She walked around the building and saw one of the victims lying on the sidewalk in a “bad state”.

Christopher was pronounced dead at the scene, while his brother died at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville.

Photos from the scene showed the silver SUV appeared to have smashed through the front windows, coming to a halt inside the dining room atop piles of shattered glass and bent window frames.

The Lincoln Aviator slammed past the Forest Hills Road fast food joint in Wilson, North Carolina.
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The driver of the SUV, Jesse Lawrence, 78, was treated at a hospital and released.
The driver of the SUV, Jesse Lawrence, 78, was treated at a hospital and released.
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Another client was seen by emergency medical personnel but did not go to hospital, the police sergeant said. Eric McInerny.

Police did not identify the person who was examined by paramedics or reveal their age, but a Hardee employee told WRAL that a young boy ended up under the out-of-control SUV while his father was in the bathroom .

“When (the father) came out of the bathroom and went through all the windows, he found and pulled the boy under the car,” the anonymous employee told the station. “The little boy was screaming and screaming because he was scared and had cuts on the top of his head.”

A Hardee employee said a young boy suffered cuts to his head after getting under the SUV.
A Hardee employee said a young boy suffered cuts to his head after getting under the SUV.
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Police identified the driver of the SUV as Jesse Lawrence, 78, of Wilson. He was treated at Wilson Medical Center and released.

The investigation was still ongoing, but police said they did not believe the accident was related to medical reasons or disability. Early Monday morning, no charges were announced.

With pole wires

New York Post

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