Police: 2 dead after the crash of an SUV in a restaurant in North Carolina | National


WILSON, North Carolina (AP) — A sport utility vehicle crashed into a North Carolina fast food restaurant Sunday, killing two sibling customers, police said.

The single-vehicle crash happened around 9:45 a.m. at a Hardee’s restaurant in the town of Wilson, about 40 miles east of the state capital, Raleigh.

The Lincoln Aviator struck brothers Christopher Ruffin, 58, and Clay Ruffin, 62, both of Wilson, according to a police news release. Christopher Ruffin was pronounced dead at the scene, while his brother died at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville.

Photos from the scene showed the silver SUV appeared to have smashed through the front windows, coming to a halt inside the dining area on shattered glass and window frames.

Another client was seen by emergency medical personnel but did not go to hospital, the police sergeant said. Eric McInerny.

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Police identified the driver as Jesse Lawrence, 78, of Wilson, who was treated at Wilson Medical Center and released. The investigation was still ongoing, but police said they did not believe the accident was related to medical reasons or disability.

No charges had been announced late Sunday afternoon.

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