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Brothers killed as a 78-year-old driver hits an NC restaurant in SUV

Brothers killed as a 78-year-old driver hits an NC restaurant in SUV

Brothers killed as a 78-year-old driver hits an NC restaurant in SUV

Brothers killed as a 78-year-old driver hits an NC restaurant in SUV

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  • The Lincoln Aviator struck brothers Christopher Ruffin and Clay Ruffin, both from Wilson.
  • Jesse Lawrence, 78, of Wilson, was treated at Wilson Medical Center and released.
  • Police said they didn’t believe the crash to be medical- or impairment-related.
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Two people who were eating at a fast food restaurant in North Carolina were killed on Sunday, according to authorities.

The single-vehicle collision happened at around 9:45 a.m. at a Hardee’s restaurant in Wilson, a city located about 40 miles to the east of Raleigh, the state capital.

According to a police news release, the brothers Christopher and Clay Ruffin, both 58 years old and from Wilson, were hit by the Lincoln Aviator. While his brother passed away at the Greenville, North Carolina, ECU Health Medical Center, Christopher Ruffin was pronounced dead at the spot.

The silver SUV looked to have crashed through the front windows, stopping inside the dining room on top of shattered glass and window frames, according to photos taken at the site.

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According to police Sgt. Eric McInerny, another customer was inspected by emergency services but did not travel to the hospital.

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Jesse Lawrence, 78, of Wilson, who was treated at Wilson Medical Center and then released, was the driver, according to the police. Police stated that although the investigation was still underway, they didn’t think the collision was caused by a condition or impairment.

The announcement of no charges came late Sunday afternoon.

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