Newton mayor invites community to vigil for victims of Sweet Tomatoes crash

The vigil will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Captain Ryan Park.

Manny Azoulay, a frequent customer of Sweet Tomatoes Pizza, placed flowers at Sweet Tomatoes in Newton on Wednesday.
Manny Azoulay, a frequent customer of Sweet Tomatoes Pizza, placed flowers at Sweet Tomatoes in Newton on Wednesday. –Scott Eisen / The Boston Globe

The city of Newton will hold a vigil Thursday night for the victims of the car crash at Sweet Tomatoes.

“This tragedy has touched us all,’’ said Warren in an invitation to the vigil posted online.

The vigil will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Captain Ryan Park, next to police headquarters on Washington Street in West Newton. It will be attended by the city’s first responders, clergy, and community members, according to Warren.

Eleanor Miele was one of two people who were killed after an SUV drove through Sweet Tomatoes on Tuesday. —John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe / family photo

“Please join us to show your support for the victims and their loved ones,’’ wrote Warren.

Two people were killed and seven inured after an SUV crashed into the West Newton restaurant on Tuesday night. The Middlesex District Attorney’s office identified the deceased, both customers of the pizzeria, as Gregory Morin, 32, of Newton, and Eleanor Miele, 57, of Watertown.

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The man driving the Volkswagen SUV came down Chestnut Street, crossed over Washington Street, and drove into Sweet Tomatoes without appearing to brake, according to authorities. Officials say the driver, who was seriously injured in the crash, is a 55-year-old man from Newton. The DA’s office says his license has been revoked.

Four of the seven injured were employees of the restaurant and three were customers. At least three of the injured have been treated and released from local hospitals, the DA’s office said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

“We encourage everyone to come together to reinforce our commitment to each other and our city,’’ Warren wrote about the vigil.

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