Police: One person dead after crash into Hamilton restaurant

Vehicle crashed into Jocko’s on High Street on Wednesday afternoon; restaurant reopens.

HAMILTON — One person died after a vehicle crashed into a popular downtown restaurant Wednesday afternoon, according to Hamilton police.

Police responded to Jocko’s Chicken & Seafood, 725 High St., around 3:45 p.m. and found a car had crashed into the restaurant’s drive-through area, killing one person and injuring another.

The names of the deceased and the injured person have not been released by police.

A woman who contacted the Journal-News and identified herself as a relative of the driver said the woman had a medical condition that led to the accident. A man who contacted the Journal-News and identified himself as a relative of the deceased said the person who died was a pedestrian in the area when the vehicle crashed. Multiple attempts to confirm that information with Hamilton police were unsuccessful Thursday.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday at the Butler County Coroner’s Office, officials said Thursday.

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

Officers who are a part of the Butler County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team continue to investigate the crash, officials said Thursday. Several representatives of the team were on the scene Wednesday.

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The restaurant’s drive-through was severely damaged, said Breez Gallo, a manager at Jocko’s. He said the drive-through is closed, and it’s being repaired. The dining room reopened Thursday, he said.

No restaurant employees were injured in the crash, he said.

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