Shocking images of the crash show a car that plowed straight through Big Top’s glass façade at the corner of Main Street East and Sherman Avenue South, causing extensive damages to both the restaurant’s storefront and the vehicle.
Yet another car in the window of a neighbourhood business in #OurWard3, tonight at The Big Top. Waiting for reports to ensure people are safe. Seriously, the amount of money we have to spend o. traffic calming road redesign to stop drivers from making our neighbourhoods unsafe!! pic.twitter.com/kfg0Qf2ESv
— Nrinder Nann (@NrinderWard3) September 29, 2020
According to police, the vehicle ran several red lights prior to the crash – which occurred just before 8 pm on Monday – and ended up in a two-vehicle collision with another motorist, who received minor injuries from the incident.
The driver fled the scene after crashing through Big Top Family Restaurant’s front window, and the police investigation remains ongoing.
Some locals on social media were also quick to point out the devastating implications an incident like this has on an independent, family-owned Hamilton business like Big Top.
“The Big Top completely redid their front façade in 2017 [and] this must be devastating for them,” tweeted Hamilton resident Tom Shepherd.
The incident follows a similar one that occurred just over a week ago, when an impaired driver crashed through the front window of independent coffee shop Cannon Coffee at the corner of Ottawa and Cannon; thankfully, injuring no one.