NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) — Two buildings on West Broad Street in Newton Falls are now dealing with damage to their storefronts.
“A gentleman came in and asked if anyone drives a Mercedes, and we were like, ‘Yeah, us.’ He goes, ‘Well, someone just hit your car.’ So we grabbed our coats and out the door we ran,” said Carolyn Betts.
It happened around 5 p.m. Friday.
“Then we looked across the street and saw the glass on the other building that he had smashed through,” Betts said.
Betts was at a nearby restaurant when a pickup truck hit the back of her parked car, pushing it onto the sidewalk and into a pillar. Then, the truck went across the street and smashed into the front of B Squared Coffee owned by John Barco.
“The fire department said that the structure is unsafe for right now so we’ll have to wait until the county comes out and assesses the situation to see when we can reopen,” Barco said.
The building the vehicle crashed into is owned by Pamela Talanca. She also owns Broad Street Vintage next door. Broad Street Vintage reopened last week after a truck crashed into the front of it last July.
“All I heard was loud screaming and a loud crash. By the time I came out, I was looking across the street and saw the truck pulling out of the front of the building across the street. I didn’t even notice this car [next door]. I was just looking over there and then all of the sudden I’m thinking, ‘How’d this car get over there?!'” Talanca said.
The road was briefly shut down while the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated the crash.
The 28-year-old driver of the pickup truck was taken to the hospital and has been charged with failure to control and OVI.
“It wasn’t how we planned to have dinner this evening, that’s for sure,” Betts said.