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A Williamsville restaurant reopened for business on Tuesday morning after a Monday afternoon incident involving a vehicle that crashed into the building and injured two patrons.
According to Capt. Patrick McKenna, the incident occurred at approximately 3:50 p.m. when the driver of a 2000 Honda crashed into the west side of Milos, at 5877 Main St., at Highland Drive, Williamsville.
McKenna said the vehicle was operated by Marion S. Ressel, 80, of Tonawanda. Her husband, Harold, was a passenger in the vehicle.
He said the couple was heading east on Main Street and were planning to go to the restaurant for dinner.
“For unknown reasons the driver lost control of her vehicle and struck the restaurant, hitting two persons inside,” he said.
He said the crash is currently under investigation by Senior Investigator Todd Homberger and Investigator Steven Larwood.
Ray Kollidas, owner of Milos, said it was an unfortunate incident and he was glad that no one suffered life-threatening injuries.
“Our first thoughts were to get everyone out of the building as soon as possible,” he said. “We didn’t want anyone getting injured.”
Kollidas said he was thankful to the police officers and firefighters who responded to the scene.
“Everybody who was there was great,” he said. “They did a fantastic job of making sure everyone was OK.”
He wanted the public to know that the restaurant is open and he intends to “move as fast as possible to get everything in the building back to normal.”
To facilitate the reopening, Kollidas said the dining room where the incident occurred will be closed until renovations are complete. The restaurant has separate dining areas.
“We are operating as usual,” he said. “Our customers will have service as good or even better than before the accident.”
The incident at Milos was the fourth time in three months that there has been a serious crash involving a vehicle and either a telephone poll or a building on Main Street.
Thomas Ketchum, Amherst’s commissioner of building, said the town is preparing legislation that would mandate bollards be installed for new buildings depending on the distance between parking spaces and a structure.
“The proposal wouldn’t be for retroactive builds, however, just for new builds,” he said. “It could potentially be helpful to certain situations.”
Bollards are posts set in cement that provide a barrier between a parking area and a building and can possibly prevent vehicles from damaging a structure or injuring patrons.
He said bollards could either be incorporated as part of a building’s design scheme or they could be installed separately. email: email@example.com
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