Pick-up truck slams into Papa Gino’s wall, injuring patron

A pickup truck crashed into a Brockton Papa Gino’s Pizzeria early this afternoon, breaking open one of the restaurant’s brick walls and sending two people, including the driver, to the hospital, Brockton police said.

According to Brockton Police Sergeant Scott Besarick, a 26-year-old male patron was taken by ambulance to Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital with injuries that “didn’t appear [to be] life-threatening.”

The driver, John Veiga, a 73-year-old Brockton resident , also went to the hospital, but “didn’t seem like he had any apparent injuries,” said Besarick.

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No arrests were made. The driver was cited by police for failure to stay in marked lanes, and police also sent a request to the Registry of Motor Vehicles asking that his license be suspended, Besarick said.

According to Brockton police, the Ford F-150 truck demolished three-quarters of the building’s street-facing facade, shattering the wall’s glass windows and busting open its brick siding.

The restaurant, located at 675 Crescent St., closed immediately following the crash, and it’s unclear when it will reopen, Besarick said. He added that at least eight patrons and several employees were inside the restaurant at the time of the crash.

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