Two brothers died in the crash at Hardee’s restaurant in North Carolina
Two brothers were killed after an SUV crashed into a Hardee restaurant in North Carolina. The brothers were having breakfast at the restaurant, according to authorities, who described the incident as a single-vehicle collision.
A Lincoln Aviator crashed into the North Carolina restaurant earlier this week, killing Christopher Ruffin, 58, and Clay Ruffin, 62. The restaurant is located 40 miles east of Raleigh, North Carolina on Forest Hills Road near Wilson.
While Clay Ruffin, Christopher’s older brother, succumbed to his injuries at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville, the younger sibling was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gabriela Palacios Alonzo, a witness at the scene, described to local news station WRAL how she saw the two brothers in “poor condition” on the sidewalk.
Alonzo reportedly heard a Hardee employee scream as she passed through the driveway. She turned to see the victims lying on the sidewalk and wondered what had happened.
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BREAKING NEWS Two brothers were killed in a collision at a Hardee’s restaurant in North Carolina Sunday morning, according to the Wilson Police Department. trib.al/odwRFyu
The silver sports utility vehicle crashed into the North Carolina restaurant, according to photos taken at the scene. Some of the images show a car that crashed through the windscreen and is now resting on a mountain of broken windows and glass.
Another person was injured at the scene of the accident due to the severity of the impact. Sergeant Eric Mclnery said emergency workers only had to treat her because the injuries weren’t too serious.
According to the Wilson Police Department, an accident at a Hardee’s Sunday morning resulted in multiple injuries.
Responding to reports of a single vehicle crash, officers arrived at Hardee’s Restaurant at 2313 Forest Hills Road at 9:47 a.m. on Sunday.
The police officers did not provide any information on the identity of the customer. However, a North Carolina restaurant worker who spoke to WRAL claimed that a young boy was hit by the speeding silver SUV. Everything happened while the child’s father was in the bathroom.
“The boy was discovered and pulled out from under the car [the father] came out of the bathroom and searched the whole glass. The little kid had cuts on the top of his head and was screaming and screaming because he was scared.”
According to a Hardee employee, the young boy ended up under the SUV and suffered head injuries. The young child suffered brain injuries after being hit by the car, the concerned restaurant worker told WRAL.
Jesse Lawrence, the driver of the car, was treated at Wilson Medical Center and later released, police said. Lawrence, who is 78 years old, was recognized. Lawrence is also from Wilson.
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The police are still investigating the situation.
As of Monday morning, driver Lawrence was not charged by police.