Brothers Killed When 78-Year-Old Driver Plows Into Restaurant With SUV

Brothers killed in crash

Two brothers killed after SUV plows into North Carolina restaurant – New York Post

A sport utility vehicle crashed into a Hardee’s restaurant in Wilson, North Carolina, on Sunday, killing two sibling customers. Christopher Ruffin, 58, and Clay Ruffin, 62, were the men who died in the crash. They were both pronounced dead when first responders arrived at the scene.

Police say the driver had paid for a car wash, struck the median, crossed Forest Hill Road, and then crashed into a Hardy’s. The SUV went through the front windows, coming to a stop inside the dining area atop piles of broken glass and twisted window frames.

Crews are working to clean up the debris left behind, and are trying to determine if the driver will face any charges.

The 78-year-old driver was treated at a hospital and released. Police investigating the crash said they didn’t believe the accident to be medical or impairment-related.

A Hardee’s employee said a young boy was trapped underneath the SUV and was screaming and hollering because he was scared by the crash. He was rescued and got cuts on the top of his head from the incident.

Hardee’s franchise operator Boddie-Noell Enterprises said he was “shocked and saddened” by the incident, and that Hardee’s was taking steps to support its employees. The restaurant will remain closed as the police investigation continues.

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