O’FALLON – Diners got more than they bargained for when a car crashed through the wall at Gia’s Pizza following a three-car accident at the intersection outside.
The crash occurred at 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, at the intersection of North Lincoln Avenue and East State Street. Miltha Williams was driving her Honda Accord westbound on East State when she reportedly hit the gas instead of the brake pedal. At the same time, Stephen Grider was driving northbound on North Lincoln through the intersection. Williams struck Grider’s 2015 Nissan pickup.
The police report states that “[Grider] stated [Williams] was still accelerating and tried to climb upon his truck. [Grider] stated [Williams] then bounced off of him…”
After bouncing off of Grider’s pickup, Williams struck a Nissan Altima driven by Lois Turnage. Turnage reported that she was heading southbound on Lincoln and was stopped at the stop sign. Turnage stated she saw
the initial accident before Williams then hit her and struck the building, accelerating the whole time.
Williams reported that “she panicked and couldn’t stop her car before striking [Grider], then [Turnage], and the building.” Williams was found to be at fault and cited.
Gia’s Pizza shut down for the evening, but repairs began the next day. By mid-afternoon the restaurant was back open and ready for customers. General Manager Brandon Burris credited the work crew and his staff for the quick reopening.
“The damage to the building wasn’t that bad, and thanks to the hard working crew and our staff we were able to open up the next day. We’re thankful no one was seriously injured in this accident,” said Burris.