Driver has seizure before crashing into Blackstone pizza shop, part-owner says

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BLACKSTONE, Va. (WRIC) — A pizza shop in Blackstone is being forced to push back their grand opening after an SUV crashed into their front window Saturday afternoon.

“We’ve got to do a lot of repairs,” Louie’s part-owner Luis Chavez-Hernandez said. “Redo this, get new furniture and ice machine.”

Chavez-Hernandez told 8News that a man driving a black Infinity had a seizure before crashing into shop around 5 p.m.

“Hit the wall right there and just went in here and took out all the tables, chairs, you see the marks right here,” Chavez-Hernandez said. “The tire marks.”

After dropping out of Longwood University his senior year, Chavez-Hernandez has put everything he has into opening the pizza shop.

Chavez-Hernandez said this setback is an upsetting one.

“To be honest, I was really sad,” he said. “Of course I have to support my mom and my dad. They were like, don’t worry about it. We’re going to get through this. It’s going to get taken care of. We’re going to make sure you open.”

Chavez-Hernandez said the shop was slated to open on Thursday, but that will be pushed back to a later date. You can follow them on Facebook to stay up to date.

8News is working to find out the driver’s condition.

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