EAST DURHAM — Several Shamrock House patrons were injured and one man was airlifted to the hospital Saturday night after an elderly Durham man crashed a car through the front wall of the popular restaurant.
The driver of the vehicle, William Condon, 88, mistakenly accelerated and crashed his car into the front of the landmark East Durham restaurant at 2388 Route 145 just before 7 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Restaurant patron Michael Reidy, 46, of Yonkers, was airlifted to Albany Medical Center, Beau Duffy, New York State Police director of public information said Monday.
Reidy was listed in stable condition Monday, Duffy said.
Another Shamrock House patron, Steven Murphy, 51, also of Yonkers, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Several other people were examined on site by paramedics, but refused medical treatment, Duffy said.
After smashing into the restaurant, Condon put his vehicle in reverse and drove across Route 145 where he crashed into a chain-link fence and knocked it down before coming to a stop, Duffy said.
Police did not say if Condon was a patron of the restaurant, or if he was injured.
No charges were filed in the accident as of Monday afternoon, Duffy said.
First responders set up a landing zone for the LifeNet helicopter in the parking lot of St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Church on Route 145 near the restaurant.
Route 145 between Stone Bridge Road Extension and county Route 67A was closed for several hours Saturday until the crash scene was cleared.
The car damaged the front wall of the Shamrock House on the left side of the building where the bar is located, police said.
The impact shattered a door and window and knocked down a support post for the front porch.
Wood and bricks were piled on the restaurant’s porch and that portion of the building was boarded up after the accident.
State police are leading the ongoing investigation with assistance by Town of Durham Police.
The restaurant was closed Sunday. A message was posted to its website, shamrockhouse.com, over the weekend thanking the first responders who came to the restaurant’s aid Saturday night.
The pub and Irish restaurant is open Thursday through Sunday in March and April. Restaurant owners and representatives did not return requests for comment Monday.
The Shamrock House was founded in 1938 by Patrick Kellegher, according to the restaurant’s website, and has been in business for 83 years.
East Durham Fire, Durham Ambulance and Greene County Paramedics were called by Greene County 911 to respond to the restaurant at about 6:50 p.m. Saturday after reports that a car crashed into the building and several people sustained injuries.
Fire officials requested mutual-aid assistance from Cairo Ambulance after arriving on scene.