76-Year Old Man Crashes Into Ashland Road Burger King

  • 9/5/2019 10:14:49 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OHWorkers at a local Burger King got the shock of their lives late Thursday evening as they witnessed a vehicle driving through the restaurant's dining room.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when 76-year old Dewitt Daniels was driving a 2018 Kia Sorento southbound on US-42 when he drove off the left side of the road close to the nearby Kroger plaza. The vehicle traveled through the parking lot before striking a curb and an electric sign. The vehicle continued through the wall into the dining area of the Burger King, located at 1022 Ashland Road, frightening workers inside. Daniels who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was transported to Ohio Health Mansfield where he was treated for injuries.  Thankfully, none of the occupants of the building were hurt.  

"I was bagging food over there on the east side," said Devon Mazak, a crew member of the Ashland Road Burger King. "I heard glass crashing behind me. I turned around, and the car is coming right...just crashing through the dining room. I fell over trying to get out. I started to run and I just followed my coworkers out. I didn't have enough time to feel anything. I just ran. I didn't have time to process it."

The scene was chaotic, with parts of the ceiling falling into the dining room as glass covered the ground. Tables and chairs were thrown throughout the dining room, with the car's headlights shining deeper into the restaurant.

"One of my coworkers grabbed me by the back of my shirt and threw me to the ground," said Brittany Hill, another Burger King crew member. "I ran to get my 13-year-old, who was five to seven feet from the car. (I made sure) he's good, he's out, then I got the gentleman out of the car."

According to Hill, the driver seemed confused, asking where he was repeatedly. Hill, who has had some training while working at an assisted living facility, believes the man received a concussion from the accident.

"He kept asking if he was on Ashland Road," Hill explained. "I said, no, just relax and let me get the seat belt off of you. I said, you were in an accident, bear with me, we're going to slowly move out. A couple nursing students entered the building and they helped me get him from the floor out of the building, then they held him up as I grabbed a chair and we sat him down, and then EMT was here."

The Ohio State Highway Patrol stated in a press release that impaired driving is a suspected factor in the crash.  The crash remains under investigation.

Madison Township Fire and EMS, the Richland County Sheriff's Office, and Shelly Smith's Towing were all on the scene.


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