Only on 10: Video shows car crashing into Newport pizzeria
NBC 10 News got a look inside of Mama Leone's Pizzeria in Newport the moment a car crashed into the restaurant.
Surveillance video shows a car plow right through the front of the store on Saturday at around 1:30 a.m., leaving behind shattered glass and debris.
"This whole area was just in rubble," said co-owner Paulina Reves. "It was awful."
Surveillance footage shows the driver, 33-year-old James Bell, climb out through the passenger door with just minor injuries.
Reves said watching the video wasn't easy.
"It's tough to see it," Reves said. "Just think of a car going through your home. It's not easy."
Police said the driver was trying to get to the Newport Naval base when he was speeding and lost control of his BMW.
Bell walked away with cuts on his face.
"He was blessed," Reves said. "He had his angels watching over him. Thank God he's OK."
The front of the pizzeria is now boarded up.
Reves said it'll cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair the damage. She's just grateful no one was seriously hurt.
"We used to close at 1 o'clock in the morning, so at the time that this happened, customers or a hostess could've been standing there," Reves said.
Bell was cited for speeding and failing to maintain control of his vehicle. Police said he's from Florida and was not familiar with the area.
As for the pizzeria, which is located at 150 JT Connell Highway, the owners said it will stay closed for a week or two.
(Exterior of building image courtesy of Melina Abney)