It was a hit-and-run crash at a well-known Old Town spot. The owner of the Old Town Pizza Parlor says the driver sped off right after crashing into the property.
Nilo Gonzalez said he was working in the kitchen Friday night when it happened.
“I saw a white Jeep Liberty, literally at my front door,” Gonzalez said.
But by the time he got outside, “The vehicle has spun around and the driver backed up and took off,” Gonzalez said.
He said it happened so fast he only got a quick look at the driver before he sped away. He said the SUV should be easy to identify because of the damage from the crash.
“I noticed that his front bumper was ripped off, so it was hanging from the actual vehicle, but he was still able to drive,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said the restaurant had already closed for the night, but the crash was a close call for one of his employees.
“Luckily no one was in the restaurant. I did have a server who was out here locking this table, and they were five feet away from the vehicle when it actually crashed into it,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said as a local business owner, he wants to see the city thrive.
“It’s hard you know, I’ve lived in Albuquerque for a good portion of my life, and so it’s one of those things where I have pride in the city, and I hope for the best in the community,” Gonzalez said.
But he says reckless people, like this driver, make it a challenge.
“For him not to have any empathy or remorse about what he did to my building and possibly my employee is very frustrating,” Gonzalez says.
Gonzalez said a good Samaritan followed the car and was able to get the license plate information.
Gonzalez said he did file a police report, but doesn’t know if they’ve tracked down the driver yet.