Police ID driver in hit-and-run crash that forced Mass. restaurant to close (2024)

MARIA WE’LL BE RIGHT HERE. MIKE. THANK YOU. NEW ON FIVE. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO. THAT’S A PICKUP TRUCK CRASHING INTO A RESTAURANT IN WATERTOWN. POLICE SAY IF YOU RECOGNIZE THAT RED PICKUP TRUCK, THEY WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU BECAUSE AS YOU CAN SEE, IT BACKS UP INTO THE STREET AND THEN DOES THAT TAKES OFF OUR MARY SALADNA IS LIVE IN WATERTOWN RIGHT NOW TALKING TO THE RESTAURANT OWNER WHO HAD TO CLOSE HIS SHOP, MARY. HE DID. MARIA YOU KNOW, THAT DRIVER TOOK OUT A BRICK BUILDING FRONT? THE OWNER SAYS HE WILL REOPEN. THAT COULD TAKE A MONTH OR TWO. IN THE MEANTIME, POLICE NEED THE COMMUNITY’S HELP. AT 2:19 A.M. TODAY, JOHN GRILL IN WATERTOWN TOOK A DIRECT HIT. THE DRIVER OF THIS RED PICKUP DID A LOT OF DAMAGE, THEN TOOK OFF. BAR WAS RIGHT HERE. IT’S ALL THE SHELVES. IT’S BROKEN SERA AND KERRY AND AND HIS FAMILY HAVE RUN THE JOHN GRILL FOR ABOUT SIX YEARS. WE WANT TO MAKE WE WANT TO MAKE GOOD FOOD, GOOD FOOD FOR OUR COMMUNITY. JOHN IS A TERM USED IN ARMENIA TO EXPRESS AFFECTION FOR LOVED ONES. THE PERFECT NAME FOR A GATHERING PLACE WHERE NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY RESTAURANT WHERE FAMILY RUNNING AND ALSO WHERE RESTAURANT FOR FAMILIES. SO SUREN ADMITS THIS HURTS, AND YET HE WORRIES ABOUT THE DRIVER. I BLESS, BLESS HIM. SO BE HEALTHY. WHATEVER. SO I HOPE HE DIDN’T DAMAGE HIMSELF. POLICE ARE ASKING YOU TO TAKE A CLOSE LOOK. MAYBE YOU RECOGNIZE HIM OR HIS RED FORD PICKUP. IT LIKELY HAS A LOT OF FRONT END DAMAGE BASED ON THE DESTRUCTION. THE IMPACT CAUSED TO THE RESTAURANT. THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE RESTAURANT BECAUSE REGISTER IS THERE. SO THAT’S REGISTER BAR AND CHARCOAL GRILL. HOPEFULLY POLICE WILL FIND IT BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT’S CRIME. HIT AND RUN IS CRIME. NOW YOU’RE ASKED TO CALL POLICE IF YOU RECOGNIZE THAT DRIVER OR THAT RED PICKUP. BY THE WAY, THE KAREN FAMILY IS GRATEFUL TO ALL THEIR CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE REACHED OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

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Police ID driver in hit-and-run crash that forced Mass. restaurant to close

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A restaurant in Watertown, Massachusetts, has been forced to temporarily close its doors after a vehicle crashed into its front entrance and then fled the scene.The hit-and-run crash happened at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday at Jana Grill and Bakery on Watertown Street. Watertown police said Wednesday that the vehicle involved had been identified. "Our investigation of course, will continue however this was a big step forward," police said on social media. "We would like to express appreciation to all of our followers who tune in and support our efforts."The restaurant is owned by an Armenian family, the word "Jana" coming from a term used in Armenia to express affection for loved ones."We're a neighborhood family restaurant, we're family run, and also we're a restaurant for families," Suren Keryan, who runs the restaurant with his family, said. Keryan said the closure hurts."It’s with a heavy heart we have to inform you about a temporary closing of our restaurant," the restaurant wrote on social media. "We apologize that we have to cancel all reservations and orders for the upcoming weeks. We’d like to thank our supportive community and the city of Watertown for everything."He also worries about the driver. "I hope he didn't damage himself," Keryan said.

WATERTOWN, Mass. —

A restaurant in Watertown, Massachusetts, has been forced to temporarily close its doors after a vehicle crashed into its front entrance and then fled the scene.

The hit-and-run crash happened at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday at Jana Grill and Bakery on Watertown Street.

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Watertown police said Wednesday that the vehicle involved had been identified. "Our investigation of course, will continue however this was a big step forward," police said on social media. "We would like to express appreciation to all of our followers who tune in and support our efforts."

The restaurant is owned by an Armenian family, the word "Jana" coming from a term used in Armenia to express affection for loved ones.

"We're a neighborhood family restaurant, we're family run, and also we're a restaurant for families," Suren Keryan, who runs the restaurant with his family, said.

Keryan said the closure hurts.

"It’s with a heavy heart we have to inform you about a temporary closing of our restaurant," the restaurant wrote on social media. "We apologize that we have to cancel all reservations and orders for the upcoming weeks. We’d like to thank our supportive community and the city of Watertown for everything."

He also worries about the driver.

"I hope he didn't damage himself," Keryan said.

Police ID driver in hit-and-run crash that forced Mass. restaurant to close (2024)

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