Man dead, woman airlifted, 2 others in hospital after car crashes at Johnson’s Drive-In in Siler City; suspect arrested

North Carolina News

SILER CITY, N.C. (WGHP) — A crash at a drive-in in Siler City left one dead and three in the hospital, according to Siler City Police.

On Friday, police, troopers, EMS and fire crews responded to a crash at Johnson’s Drive-In at 1520 East Eleventh Street.

At the scene, officers found out that a vehicle hit four pedestrians in the parking lot.

Investigators believe the driver was heading west of East Eleventh Street when they crossed the center line and hit another vehicle turning left from East Eleventh Street onto East Raleigh Street.

The driver then continued into oncoming traffic and drove off the road to the left.

The vehicle kept going into the parking lot of the Drive-In and hit four people who were waiting for their orders to be prepared.

After hitting the pedestrians, the vehicle then hit the building.

A 64-year-old man was killed and a 77-year-old woman was airlifted to a hospital in serious condition.

A 39-year-old woman and an 18-year-old boy were taken to a hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver, John Salvatore Graviano, 60, of Siler City, was arrested on charges of misdemeanor death by vehicle, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and driving left of center.

He received a $1,000 secured bond.

On Friday, Johnson’s Drive-In posted an update on Facebook announcing that the drive-in will be closed until further notice.

“A car crashed into the front of the building earlier today,” Johnson’s Drive-In posted. “We are not yet clear on all of the details. We will be closed for an undetermined amount of time. Please pray for those who were injured.”

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