By Travis Mounts and Carol C. Neugent
Little Caesars Pizza in Haysville was temporarily closed for several days this week after a driver crashed into the front of the local pizza place. The driver apparently suffered a seizure prior to the crash.
Owner Steve Smith said this Thursday is probably the earliest the business will be able to re-open. Smith said health inspectors and contractors were on site Monday afternoon, and cleanup began in earnest Tuesday. The business will have to be cleaned from corner to corner and undergo a health inspection, which Smith hopes will happen on Wednesday.
Smith was at the front counter when the accident happened.
“I was looking at the counter and then (there was an) explosion,” he said.
The car struck a glancing blow, and none of the flying glass hit Smith. The windows were the 1950s originals and did not have the same safety features as today’s glass. Another employee was in the store at the time but was in the back.
Smith said he did not have an estimate of the damage as of Monday afternoon.
The accident happened about 12:15 p.m. Monday. The driver of the van was a 20-year-old male. He declined to be transported to the hospital following the crash.
Editor's note: This story is from the Sept. 27 print edition and updates our previously posted story.