Emergency personnel had to free a Granite Quarry man from his vehicle Wednesday afternoon after he struck a parked car in front of Mambo Grill, and overturned, trapping him inside.
Salisbury Police said Ronald Foster, 78, of North Main Street, was traveling in the 1000 block of South Fulton Street in his 2011 Mazda at 2:36 p.m when he hit a 2005 Mini Cooper parked in front of the restaurant.
Salisbury Police Officer D.P. Fleming said Foster was distracted when he struck the Mini Cooper. The owner of the Mini Cooper, Miguel Alvarez Jr., of Stafford Estates Drive, Salisbury, was inside the restaurant at the time.
Foster’s vehicle came to rest on the driver’s side, trapping Foster inside. Salisbury Firefighters worked to stabilize the vehicle before they were able to extricate Foster from it using rescue jacks. Firefighters had to cut out the windows to gain access to Foster, who was pulled through the front window. He was not charged.
The force of the crash moved the Mini Cooper a few feet into the parking space in front of it. The rear left tire and fender of the Mini Cooper were mangled.
Traffic had to be detoured at Harrision and Johnson streets while emergency personnel freed Foster from the vehicle. The vehicles were later towed. The streets were lined with students leaving school, passersby and residents from the Fulton Heights neighborhood who stopped, some taking pictures with camera phones. Foster’s oxygen tank was outside of the vehicle as emergency crews loaded him onto a stretcher.
Rowan EMS took Foster to Rowan Regional Medical Center where he was listed in good condition, hospital officials said.