Car crashes into Pawtucket restaurant
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WJAR) —
A popular Pawtucket restaurant remained open Friday after a car driven by an unidentified woman crashed through its back patio on that morning.
Arigna Irish Pub and Coal Fire Kitchen on Armistice Boulevard was not open at the time of the crash, but contractors who were working in a parking lot nearby narrowly escaped the out of control vehicle.
Surveillance video provided to NBC 10 News by the restaurant's owner shows smoke filling the area, while the driver got out to try to get her young child in the back seat. It then shows two unidentified men come into the frame and help her and the child to safety.
The patio is located near the back of the restaurant and was just built three months ago, according to the owner. The car crashed through a fence surrounding it, took out a roof support beam, and an overhang to the back door, but did not breach the outer wall of the restaurant.
The owner credits the Pawtucket building inspector for his quick response. He deemed the building safe, and the restaurant was able to open at 11 a.m., just in time for lunch.
Other than the loss of seating, the owner said the financial impact will be minimal.
The car was exiting the Citizens Bank parking lot next door. Somehow, the driver ended up accelerating, sending the car in a semi-circle when it entered the patio.
Police are investigating, but said that the crash seems like operator error at this time.