Vehicle Hits Restaurant, Pedestrian Attempting to Avoid Crash in Newtown: PD

A vehicle hit the side of a restaurant and a pedestrian while attempting to avoid a collision with another vehicle in Newtown on Monday, according to police.

Officers said a vehicle being driven by 78-year-old Theodore Shear, of Bridgewater, was traveling southbound on South Main Street around 2:30 p.m. while a vehicle being driven by 59-year-old Douglas Gabel, of Moneroe, was heading northbound.

Shear attempted to turn left into the driveway of Kings Restaurant in front of Gabel, police said. Gabel turned abruptly to the right and into the driveway of Kings Restaurant in an attempt to avoid hitting Shear's vehicle.

Once in the driveway, Gabel continued through the parking lot of the restaurant and hit an exterior wall with his front bumper. He also hit a pedestrian who was sitting in a chair with her back to his vehicle, according to police.

No injuries were reported.

Shear was issued an infraction for failing to grant right of way at a driveway.

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