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Posted on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 7:15 p.m.

Truck crashes through door, but Ypsilanti restaurant opens on time

By Cindy Heflin


The truck that crashed into Bona Sera Cafe Thursday morning

Ypsilanti Fire Department photo

Annette Weathers, co-owner of Bona Sera Cafe in Ypsilanti, was preparing to open the restaurant as usual shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday when she heard a deafening crash.

“It sounded like a cross between an earthquake and a monster truck rally,” she said.

In fact a pickup truck had just come crashing into the front door of the restaurant at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street.

Her first thought was that an employee had dropped something and toppled a piece of equipment.

“Then you look up and see a truck in your lobby,” she said.

The truck smashed the door and the front vestibule. But though it was less than half an hour until opening time, the restaurant welcomed customers at 11 a.m. as usual.

By sometime in the afternoon, the door that was broken and the damaged wall were all boarded up. The restaurant was still accessible through a door on Washington Street though.

“The landlord responded incredibly fast,” said Weathers.

The force of a collision between a car and the truck pushed the vehicle into the building, Ypsilanti Fire Chief Jon Ichesco said. Ypsilanti police said the truck driver, a 36-year-old man fled the accident scene on foot but was arrested a few blocks away.

Ichesco said it looked as if the car was trying to go west on Michigan Avenue as the truck was heading north on Washington. The truck driver tried to turn onto Michigan Avenue and his vehicle was hit by the car, which then pushed the truck into the building.

Customers have been good-natured about the damage. A few have made some amusing quips, including this one: “You know, it really opens the place up.”

And this one, which Weathers actually put on a sign: “Drive-in service will be discontinued until further notice.”

Cindy Heflin is associate news director at Contact her at 734-623-2572 or or follow her on Twitter.



Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 7:35 p.m.

Is there an update on this non-licensed person that could have killed someone? Or did he get another slap on the hand ? I'd really like to know.

Holly Richardson

Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 4:56 p.m.

Really glad the owners are taking it in stride and I hope folks show up to support the business! I think I need more of those amazing grits...

John Hritz

Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 3:59 p.m.

Kudos to Annette Weathers for showing grace and humor in crisis.


Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 2:09 p.m.

It's about time this GUY was stopped, to bad it took him damaging personl property to do it, he has been slapped on the hand so many times for crimes and they just keep letting him go.!!! karma buddy karma

Ypsi Eastsider

Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 7:24 a.m.

Driver of the pickup was observed leaving the scene on foot and was later arrested by YPD.


Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 1:25 a.m.

The drive thru is now open.............


Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 8:38 a.m.

....and now closed. Thank you come again.

matthew g

Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 12:44 a.m.

Glad no one was hurt.

matthew g

Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 12:43 a.m.

Sheesh! I know folks are in a hurry to get that amazing Bona Sera food, but this takes the cake!