WATERVILLE — Police are trying to determine why a Fairfield woman crashed her car into a pizza shop Monday morning.

Sharon Roderick, 66, was apparently driving south on College Avenue about 9:15 a.m. when her car drifted off the roadway into a parking lot, squeezed between trash receptacles and the wall of the Salvation Army building, knocked over a fence and smashed through the north wall of Darrell’s Pizza, according to Officer Adam Sirois.

Several fire and police units responded to the crash. Roderick was taken out of the building and driven to the hospital by Delta Ambulance Services with undisclosed injuries. She appeared conscious and alert while she was wheeled to the ambulance on a stretcher.

No one else was injured.

Sirois said he would interview Roderick at the hospital Monday to try to determine the cause of the crash. An employee of Salvation Army said he witnessed the incident, but declined to answer a reporter’s questions.

Darrell’s Pizza has been owned by Leah and Charles Norton, of Benton, since 2009. The couple arrived at the shop shortly after the crash while Roderick’s Toyota Camry was still lodged inside the building. Charles Norton said a freezer and its contents were destroyed during the collision. He also said a walk-in cooler was damaged.

The married couple wasn’t immediately sure what the next step would be for their business.

“It’s hard enough running a restaurant without having a car inside it. At least now we have drive-in service,” he joked.


Ben McCanna — 861-9239

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