Woman faces DUI charges after hitting restaurant

September 16, 2020 Cranberry Local News

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Jimmy Wan's restaurant in Cranberry Township reopened Sept. 9 after a vehicle crashed into the building late Sept. 8.

A suspected drunken driver — just a day after celebrating her 21st birthday — suffered only a minor cut when she crashed her car into the front of Jimmy Wan's restaurant in Cranberry Township late Sept. 8, authorities said.

The building on Route 228, however, sustained extensive damage in the wreck around 11:45 p.m., according to Cranberry Township police. The restaurant had closed less than two hours earlier.

“It's fortunate that it wasn't open,” Cranberry Police Chief Kevin Meyer said Sept. 9.

Police did not release the name of the driver, who has a Florida driver's license, but she apparently also has an address in Conway, Beaver County, Meyer said.

The crash remains under investigation, but police believe the woman had just ordered food at Cenci's Pizzeria when she wrecked her Cadillac CTS at Jimmy's Wan's next door.

It was not immediately clear what caused her to lose control of the car, but she was later taken to UPMC Passavant hospital for a blood draw. She was alone in the vehicle.

Driving under the influence charges are pending lab results, police said. The woman, who turned 21 on Sept. 7, was later released to an unknown person.

The restaurant reopened Wednesday morning, said an employee who did not want to be identified. A restoration crew was there and boarded up the damage at the business.

The damage, the employee said, included the front desk, a wall, windows, flooring and computers.

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Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Grew up in upstate New York. Earned my Journalism degree in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin. Worked for two newspapers in Fayette County (Pa.) before starting at the Butler Eagle in 1998.