After a car crashed into Woody’s on July 6, Deke Hazirjian (the restaurant owner) said the accident could have been much worse.
There were people seated by the window in the dining room. If the car had veered a few feet to the right, the customers could have been seriously injured. Or people could have been leaving the restaurant at the time the vehicle plowed into the front door.
The accident occurred at 5:30 p.m. when Jonathan Salgado was driving west on Quaker Avenue, with Woody’s on the passenger’s side of his 2007 Toyota. Police reported that Mr. Salgado attempted to make a wide right turn into the driveway. So he moved into the center lane (for left-hand turns) and then veered across the travel lane. As he did, he struck a 2003 Acura that was operated by Joseph DeMarco of Salisbury Mills.
The impact sent Mr. Salgado’s car into the front door, where it came to rest in the vestibule. The driver, a 28-year-old New Windsor resident, was taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries. He received traffic tickets for failure to yield right of way, failing to stay within the traffic lane, and disregarding a traffic control device.
The Cornwall Fire Department and the Town of Cornwall Building Inspector’s Office assisted the police. Woody’s Restaurant remains open, but customers and employees have to enter through the rear door.