One Dead After Vehicle Crashes Into Phoenix Restaurant

One person is dead after they drove their vehicle into a restaurant in Phoenix last Wednesday night.

KTAR News recently reported on its website that the fatal crash happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Dunlap Avenue near the Metro Center Mall on Wednesday, October 30th at the First Watch restaurant.

According to Sgt. Mercedes Fortune with the Phoenix Police Department, the First Watch Restaurant was closed at the time of the accident in which the driver of a pickup truck crashed his vehicle into the restaurant.  The restaurant is only open for breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. The truck crashed all the way into the restaurant.

Firefighters were called to the restaurant for reports of smoke coming from the building.

Emergency crews and first responders were called to the scene but found him unresponsive. He was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

The victim in the crash has been described as a male in his 40’s. Authorities have not yet released his identity pending notification of family members. 

No one else was hurt in the incident.

Investigators believe that because of the estimated speed that the vehicle had been traveling at and the lack of trauma to the man’s body, it may be possible that he suffered some type of medical episode before crashing his vehicle into the restaurant. 

The Phoenix Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of the man’s death.


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