A minor, while driving with a learner’s permit, accidentally drove a car into Little Caesar’s in Jacksonville just before 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
According to Jacksonville’s Assistant Fire Chief Keith Cadle, who responded to the 9-1-1 call, the driver intended to put the car in reverse.
Instead, she put the car in drive and drove into the building.
The car went through the front window before smashing into the counter.
No one inside of the car was injured; however an employee standing on the inside suffered a leg injury.
Officer Dale Edwards of the Jacksonville Police Department also responded to the 9-1-1 call.
According to Edwards, the Little Caesar’s staff pulled the injured employee from behind the counter and out the back door, where he received medical attention.
Details of his name and condition were not made available to The Chanticleer.
Once the car was pulled from the building, it was covered with shattered glass and only small scratches were noticeable on it.
Little Caesar’s took the worst of the accident.
The entire front window was destroyed, the counter was knocked back several feet and dented, computers were damaged, electrical lines were severed due to the counter being knocked back and the floor was littered with shattered glass and tire marks.
“They’re looking at, I heard one of them (employees) say, losing about 15 grand ($15,000) in pizzas alone just because they couldn’t keep them stored,” said Officer Edwards. “They had to cut the gas and the power to it.”
The restaurant was boarded up later on that night.
The employees have returned to work only to clean up the damage. The total costs of repairs are incomplete at this time.
The Chanticleer’s attempts to reach an employee for comments were unsuccessful.
Do not expect for Little Caesar’s to be closed for long. Brian Young, Vice President of Young Oil Company that owns the Grub Mart, was at the scene. Although he would not speak directly for Little Caesar’s, but he speculated they would be up and running again “within the next couple of weeks.”