On April 8, a 2020 Jeep Cherokee crashed into WOW Mediterranean after the driver, a 90-year-old Royal Oak resident, accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake.

On April 8, a 2020 Jeep Cherokee crashed into WOW Mediterranean after the driver, a 90-year-old Royal Oak resident, accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake.

Photo provided by the Royal Oak Police Department


Driver mistakes pedals, crashes into restaurant

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published April 12, 2021

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ROYAL OAK — At approximately 4:12 p.m. April 8, Royal Oak police responded to a report of a vehicle that had struck WOW Mediterranean Cuisine Express restaurant, 1015 N. Campbell Road, just north of Gardenia Avenue.

Police said that a 90-year-old Royal Oak man in a 2020 Jeep Cherokee was traveling southbound on South Campbell Road when, as he was approaching Gardenia, he accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

“He didn’t want to hit the car in front of him, so he veered up the curb, hit the decorative bricks in the parking lot of WOW Mediterranean and then hit the side of the wall,” said Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit

The restaurant was open for business at the time of the crash.

“There were no injuries to the restaurant personnel, customers or (the driver), but given his age, we still transported him to Beaumont Hospital to make sure and do an evaluation,” Carter said. “I don’t have a status on him, but I don’t think he suffered any major injuries.”

Following the crash, Carter said, the Royal Oak Department of Public Services boarded up the building because of the damage, the Fire Department remotely shut off the gas line and DTE Energy cut power to the building.

“There was a lot of public interest (due to the visibility of the location and businesses at the intersection),” Carter said. “We’re just grateful that no one got hurt.”

Carter said police cited the driver involved in the crash for not having his vehicle under control.

He added that the driver will be required to take a test in order to gain recertification of his driver’s license, but due to the driver’s age, Carter said he felt that was unlikely to happen.

The building has been the site of a single-vehicle car crash in the past.

Carter said that when WOW Mediterranean Cuisine Express originally opened at Campbell Road and Gardenia Avenue, a car traveling westbound on Gardenia drove right into the entrance of the restaurant and shut the restaurant down for a couple of months.

Coincidentally, he added that the date of the incident — April 8 — was also the opening day of a second WOW Mediterranean restaurant located near 12 Mile and Rochester roads, in the CVS parking lot.

WOW Mediterranean Cuisine Express could not be reached for comment by press time.

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