Imagine yourself enjoying dinner at a restaurant and seeing a truck crash down a bank towards the window next to your booth. That’s exactly what happened to Mayor Jerry Smith and his family Sunday night at Voula’s in Mountlake Terrace.
Voula’s restaurant, located in Cedar Plaza, is just south of 228th St SW with a steep bank around 10′ high separating the roadway from the back patio of the restaurant. If it was a summer day there may very well have been patrons enjoying a meal on the patio. Fortunately the patio was empty on Sunday. A gray truck, presumably travelling east on 228th, jumped the curb, drove over the sidewalk, through the hedge and a tree and down the hill, coming to a stop on the retaining wall on the edge of the patio.
Jerry Smith and his family were sitting in a booth at Voula’s next to the window when the truck barreled down the bank and landed on its side just feet from the window. Mayor Smith and his son, Scott, immediately jumped up and out the back door to check on the driver. The driver was trying to the exit the vehicle, at this point on its side, and Scott and another man helped the driver get out by cutting the seatbelt with scissors and holding the door open.
Fire District 1 arrived soon after. The cause of the accident and the condition of the driver are unknown at this moment.
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We have confirmed with the police department that the driver was arrested for DUI.
Here is the report from Fire District 1: The call came in at 6:58 p.m. A mid-sized, pickup truck went over an embankment in the 4300 block of 228th St. SW. The truck came to rest on its passenger side. The driver, an elderly male, was out of the car when firefighters arrived. He sustained minor injuries and did not require a trip to the hospital. Firefighters cleaned up spilled transmission fluid and remained on the scene until a tow-truck could pull the unstable vehicle onto the road.
For an alternate eye-witness account of the accident and actions afterwards, read the comments below.