Truck Slams Into Bank In Butler County

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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(Photo Credit: Dave Colabine/KDKA)

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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  • karissa

    YOUR ABSOLUTELY WRONG! And I DO NOT appreciate you saying something like that! Have some respect for the family and friends that just lost their husband/dad/grandfather/friend! How would you feel if someone posted that about your family!

  • M.A.D.

    Or maybe someone who suffered a heart attack or seizure.

    • cheri

      I was equally offended by this ridiculous and callous fool! How dare you pass judgement on this victim…let alone equally upset their family and friends? Prayers go out to all involved at this horrific time.

  • cathy

    i was a witness to this accident and he was not drunk! it was health issues. ppl should think before they speak.

    • Karissa Morrow

      i couldn’t agree more! i was beyond upset to read the comment left by “rob” as the man that lost his life in this accident happens to be the father of a very close friend of mine. people are so ignorant these days!

  • Penny

    So very well said Karissa.. some people just have to be idiots and pass judgement before getting the story. But anyone of us that know him, know that isnt the truth and know what his health hisory was like. Also reguardless of what happened, maybe some people should just take into consideration on what their family and friends are going through right now. So sad, he was a very nice man and will be missed by many that knew and loved him. Lets just hope none of his family sees the ignorant comment left by that person. They are dealing with enough and have dealt with more than anyone should have to

  • Peg Freiters

    you tell him karissa if he does not know what happened maybe he shoudl speak for others.

  • Sara Sams

    See the problem with people who speak befor they get the report right is that they are not onlt STUPID !! but have no respect for the driver of the truck or the family of this man. Just because someone crashes into a bank and takes out a few street signs dont make him a drunk hillbilly from Pa. Medical problems are alot of times the cause of traffic accidents. I know how this family feels 10 yrs ago my brother had a Heart Attack while driving through town. Thank God he Survived . So think befor you post!!! Im keeping the family in my prayers..

  • RA

    wow sad story…thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of there loved one….As for this “rob” person he should be saying he’s sorry for the horrible comment he made and assumed….what a jerk!!!

  • TM

    I hate the freaking pop ups!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Laurel

    So many times health problems are mistaken for DUI’s. Was he diabetic? That too can cause shaking, blackouts. So sorry….

  • Alexis smith

    I am not sure whats was said about my uncle….. He was not a drinker and he wasnt drunk. I will tell you what he was…. He was a wonderful caring family man. He had a big heart and would do anything for his family, friends, and anyone that needed a hand. He was a husband, father, grandfather, and uncle…… He will be missed by all that loved him. and to whom ever made the comment about him being a drunk hillbilly…… I hope you can now see that your comment was wrong. He has family and friends that will miss him….. And shame on you for passing judgement on someone you dont even know.

    • Brian

      I’m so sorry to hear about your uncle!!! My prayers go out to you and your family!

  • jOSie

    I can’t believe he died!!!! God bless him and his family.

  • JM

    I also know this person and it is believed that he had a heart attack. He wasn’t acutely sick. Anyone who eats McDonald’s on a regular basis is at risk of having a heart attack and we don’t keep them from driving. Many people lost a loved one today and it is disgusting for people to be turning the blame around on them. This is a horrible situation and no one is at fault. Anyone could have an aneurysm, or a stroke, or a heart attack at any time, young or old, sick or well. We should be consoling those who have lost someone they love, not criticizing them.

  • Stephanie

    Hi, my fiance and I were actually the first ones on the scene at the accident. He was the first one to the truck and the one taking the gentlemen’s pulse. We were both pretty shaken up by this tragedy and we both want to send our thoughts and prayers out to the family.

  • Alexis smith

    for all of you that have sent your prayers and thoughts out to my family…. Thank you. I know everyone in my family is very grateful. Thank you again.

  • S.S

    Prayers go out to the family.. I was passing by as the scene was being secured. I myself thought it had to be something medical. regardless it is a tragic event that unfolded.. Blessings to all

  • nikki

    This is one of those things that you say “will never happen.” I’ve known Joe all my life and have grown up with him and his family. My prayers going out to them, doesn’t even seem to be enough. I love you all, so much, and I’m so sorry.

  • concerned

    my thoughts and prayers to the family of this gentleman. go back and reread the article. I don’t believe anyone meant to pass judgement or say something ignorant. remember these people watched a horrific accident unfold before them. this will likely haunt them for a long time. They too are shaken and it did not sound to me as though they were trying to dishonor this man. I too would have thought D.U.I at first but I would have have thought medical for sure.
    my prayers are will all of you . Sounds like the world had lost another good soul

  • PAM

    I saw this accident as it happened and am still in shock from it all. I grieve for you, the family and am encouraged to know that he was a Christian and is in a better place now. Those who came to aid at the scene are wonderful citizens and I believe it has encouraged my belief in human compassion still existing. Please remember that God says it is appointed once onto man to die, in the Bible. This means his appointment for death was set even before his life began. Whether he was in an accident or at home, it was his day to go on to Heaven. There is nothing you could have done to prevent this. God had His hand in it all truly, from the fact of it happening when the bank was closed and through traffic and a parking lot and not one other person or even a vehicle was harmed. I was so touched to meet you and I pray that you are comforted. He is in a much better place then we are now and although that does not take away your grief I hope it helps you get through each day. May your lives be filled with the love and care of others as you navigate through these difficult days ahead and may you know that you are loved! I will be a prayer warrior for you and yours. Please post if there is a benefit for your family soon. I was told that you are still recovering from a fire at your home and the loss of your garage and vehicles… This is a generous, compassionate community . I know many will want to contribute and help you get through this time of grief by relieving some of the financial burdens you are facing. May you fel God reaching down and nguiding you through this in His care.

  • Misty

    Jake you should not be allowed to post on this site again. You are uncaring ignorant person who apparently has no compassion for other. My thoughts and prayers go to the gentleman’s family.

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  • Will

    Probably just some drunk getting money out of the ATM for one to many beer -runs..Now people can’t get to the drive-thru machine to get there cash…nice going man. PNC should deduct his account to pay for the repair work.. .Here’s to ya pops…Bottoms up!!

  • gwen

    Yet another troll judging someone even after he is dead. Did you ever pass out. I have and you lose all control over it. It is like instantly being put into a sleep. I think he must have been suffering from cardiac shock. Seemed like a really nice person. Too bad he was unable to get the proper medical nelp he needed.

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