Two men were killed Saturday night after the driver of a pickup truck crashed into Jumbo’s Restaurant in Liberty City.
The driver, who appeared to have lost control, slammed into a parked truck and the two men, who had just stepped out of the restaurant. The impact pushed the parked vehicle through the restaurant’s front window and sent one of the men flying. Both men died at the scene.
The driver, who was northbound on Northwest Seventh Avenue, sped up just before the intersection of 75th Street, according to witnesses.
“I didn’t see anything in the intersection that caused him to veer,” said Linda Sippio, who saw the accident.
The driver, who was uninjured, was being held for questioning, Miami Police Sgt. Keandra Simmons said. His name was not released at the scene.
Wilton Harris, 60, was one of the victims, said his niece, Patricia Humphrey. He was a pastor who lived in Carol City and frequented the restaurant, she said.
The other victim was Al Jo Hamlin, according to CBS4.
Jessie Lee Day said he was passing outside Jumbo’s and barely missed being hit.
“I had to jump out of the way,” said Day, who added that the driver was swerving. “I’m glad God takes care of fools and drunks.”
None of the 11 people inside the restaurant were injured, Simmons said.
Jumbo’s, at 7501 NW Seventh Ave., is a community landmark. It was founded in 1955, and is legendary for its fried chicken.
“I’ve known about Jumbo’s since I was a little girl,” said Sippio, who grew up in the area.
There was significant damage to the front of the building, said Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Ignatius Carroll. Four cars were damaged.