Driver crashes into Siam Spicy

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published September 30, 2015


ROYAL OAK — A Woodward Avenue Thai restaurant is closed after a medical emergency caused a driver to smash into the side of the building, police said.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens said that at about 7:30 a.m. Sept. 24, a 32-year-old Livonia man had a diabetic reaction, left the roadway and crashed into Siam Spicy, located on the east side of Woodward Avenue, south of 13 Mile Road.

Clemens said the man was transported to Beaumont Hospital and was in stable condition.

“He was the lone occupant and the only person injured,” Clemens said. “The business was closed at the time.”

Office employees in the Palms Motel located next door said they saw a work van drive right into the business and the driver walk out of the restaurant with assistance. They said they hadn’t seen anything like that before.

By lunchtime, restoration crews and Royal Oak Fire Department personnel were at the site assessing damage and beginning building repairs.

The Thai restaurant was closed and there was no answer at the business after repeated tries before press time.

Many well wishes were posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page and a post dated Sept. 24 with photos of the accident stated, “The first ‘drive through’ customer. I hope he is OK. Sorry fans! We will reopen in few weeks.”

Other comments on the Facebook page sent the driver well-wishes and hopes that the restaurant would reopen soon.