By: Ralph Iannotti

BUTLER (KDKA) — The driver of a pickup truck is dead after his vehicle slammed into a PNC Bank drive-through Sunday afternoon in Butler Township, Butler County.

The Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department said the victim was one of their members, Joseph Brewer of Bruin.

His pickup truck crossed two lanes of traffic, went through a Chili’s restaurant parking lot, narrowly missing the restaurant itself, and then smashed into the bank drive-through.

The mishap occurred on New Castle Road at the Butler Commons Mall.

“He jumped over the curb into the parking lot of Chili’s, came between the parked cars, which are parked towards the road and in front of the restaurant and apparently hit into this pylon that’s holding up this drive through and when we looked the truck was facing us,” said Romli Cimperman, of New Castle. “So, it literally must have spun the guy around.”

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Eyewitnesses said it appeared Brewer suffered either a heart attack or some other medical emergency just prior to the crash.

“At first, I thought that this person is driving erratically because he’s under the influence or something, or they’ve had a heart attack while driving,” said Patricia Miller, a witness. “Later on, a woman came up to the scene, and she said, ‘I just passed the truck by the Sheetz store and he was driving really weird,’ and when I passed him, he was shaking really bad, so I think something happened physically.”

“The man was lying on the front, his back was, he was lying down on his stomach so to speak and someone had picked up his arm and was feeling his pulse,” added Roy Merlino, of Mohawk. “I didn’t know whether he was going or not at that time.”

Butler County 911 said Brewer was pronounced dead at Butler Memorial Hospital.

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