VILLAGE OF WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) "She flew past me and the next thing I heard was this crash and when I got up to look, I said oh my God Jerry she drove into the building," that's how Shirley Wagner Greenberg of Clarence describes what she saw just before 4 o'clock Monday afternoon. She and her husband Jerry were waiting in the parking lot of Milos Restaurant on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville. They were about to have an early dinner with friends...when a car driven by 80 year old Marion Ressel of Tonawanda zoomed past them and crashed into the building.
"All of a sudden there was like people all over the place...the rescue squad....the first responders got there within five minutes. They were there fast," she added. The Greenburg's are avid photographers. Both had cameras with them and they began taking pictures seconds after the crash. The driver and her husband got out of the car with some help from restaurant staffers and patrons. Both were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. "She was driving...she hit the gas peddle instead of the brake," Jerry Greenberg said. "She said she hit the wrong peddle," Shirley Greenberg recalled.
As it plowed into the restaurant, the car injured two patrons seated near the other side of the wall. A Williamsville couple suffered minor injuries. The restaurant was forced to close while the building was checked out. It appears that the underlying structure of the building was not damaged. "We are looking to reopen as soon as possible...clean everything up, make sure everything up to code...so that when we do reopen it's save for our customers to come in. We are looking to operate as soon as possible," restaurant owner Raymond Kollidas said.
Owners hope to reopen within a day or so. One dining room will remain closed until repairs are made.