LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) - Cars crashing into buildings in Western New York has seemingly become the norm. Wednesday marked the fifth time a car has struck a building in just over a week.
Around 4 p.m., a Jeep plowed through the front window of LT's Olde Tyme Pizza and Subs at William and Aurora Street in Lancaster. The business just opened there a few months ago, but the workers weren't expecting a drive through.
Partner Louis Terragnoli said, "They got that big bar between them and the window. Naturally, they got shook up when they heard the noise."
The driver told police she was cut off in the parking lot and accidentally hit the accelerator while trying to hit the brake.
"But the best part is the lady is not hurt, she's doing very well, just a little shook up over it but the rest is metal and woodwork and we'll put that together quickly," Terragnoli said.
This crash is the fifth in a string of crashes:
- On Tuesday, a car slammed into a house in Lackawanna
- On Saturday, a woman suffered a medical condition and slammed into a house on Kensington Avenue
- Last Thursday, a car hit a home at Broadway and Pine Street
- And two days before that, a driver's medical condition caused an SUV to crash onto the side of a home on Ward Court in South Buffalo
Lancaster resident Amy Meyers said, "That is unexplainable. I'm sure though it could still happen to anybody and I'm sure the situations aren't the same, but it's very unexpected, five of them, so that's a lot."
"It looks like there has to be more protection on the front of these buildings, in fact we're talking about it already, we're going to install those posts across the front," Terragnoli said. "That won't happen at this location again."
LT's was able to board up the front and re-open in less than two hours.
The driver was not charged.
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