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February 12, 2011 by wcobserver

By Steve Winkler

West Fork- What should have been a routine trip to pick up Friday’s supper at a local restaurant didn’t go as expected for Leroy P. Sherrid, 73, of West Fork.

As he pulled into the parking lot and neared the southwest corner of the building “his foot slipped off the brake pedal and onto the accelerator.  The sudden acceleration caused him to crash into the building,” stated the report of the incident by Patrolman Ken Ingalls who arrived on the scene at Jakes’ Pizza at 74 Main Street at 4:45 p.m.

There were no customers in the restaurant at the time and no one was injured.  “There was a bang and a picture fell off the wall,” said waitress Melissa Smith. “Then I saw him backing out.”

“The whole town was down here taking pictures,” said cashier Nancy Jones adding that, “We were swamped, a lot of people got stuff to go.”

The building sustained extensive damage to the window, electrical wiring, wood framing and brick exterior reportedly estimated at $20,000. The 2005 Dodge Ram pickup had minor scrapes on the front bumper with repairs estimated at $200 according to the police report.

Mr. Sherrid had no outstanding traffic violations and was issued a citation for careless prohibited driving and released.

“He usually eats a meal here and takes one with him, but he took both with him this time,” an employee commented.

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