Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Priest Plows into Restaurant

From KVUE:

Smithville's La Cabana restaurant hopes to attract drive-by traffic from Highway 71, but not drive-in traffic.

But Gina Chronis says that's exactly what happened Monday night when a truck driven by a 61-year-old Smithville priest made an unexpected entrance.

"They were panicking, shocked. And they were telling me what happened and asked for direction," said Chronis. "Instead of using the brakes, he used the accelerator as he was coming into the building."

Chronis says of the 13 people inside the dining area 6 people in had to be transported to the hospital.

Meanwhile the driver of the crash, father Karel Fink, was arrested on DWI charges.

He is the priest at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Smithville, which serves some 280 families.

The church declined comment but Austin bishop Gregory Aymond released a statement.

"My heartfelt concern and prayers are extended to those hurt by this accident and I am sorry for the incident."

It goes on to detail that father Karel "recently returned from treatment for alcoholism. Obviously he needs more treatment to continue his recovery," said Aymond.