A man who crashed his truck into the Steak and Shake parking lot Saturday morning apparently suffered a siezure before crashing, according to witnesses.
They said the driver was going South on Sanders Road when he ran the red light at Buford Highway and turned right, going west on the eastbound side of Buford Highway. The truck then continued to turn in a wide arc back across all four lanes of Buford Highway before knocking down two trees as he jumped the curb into the Mattress Firm parking lot. The Dodge Ram he was driving hit a raised median and went airborne for about 20 feet before landing in the Steak and Shake parking lot.
Scott Hutchins, who was eating breakfast in the restaurant watched as the truck curved back toward Buford Highway and rear ended his daughter Autum's car, pushing it over the curb and up a hill toward the road. Hutchins said he and his son ran outside and broke the window of the truck which he said was still running at full throttle, but was not moving because it was jammed against his daughter's car. He and his son Scott Junior were able to get the engine shut off and the driver out of the truck.
The driver, who has not been identified, was hospitalized with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, according to officials at the scene. As she stood and watched her wrecked Pontiac being loaded on a tow truck, Autumn Dawson reflected that what happened to her may have been a blessing to others. "If my car hadn't been there, he would've gone right back out into 20, and that road was full of cars" said Dawson.