Vehicle plows into west side of Watertown’s Culver’s Restaurant

February 29, 2020
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.—The driver of a Chevy Suburban escaped injury Friday when he plunged the vehicle into the west side of Culver’s Restaurant at 901 26th Street Southeast in Watertown.

Watertown police and Watertown Fire Rescue responded at 5:29 p.m.

They arrived to find the Suburban driven by 92 year-old Delmar Voorhees of Appleton, Minnesota had smashed out two large glass windows.

The vehicle was in the process of being parked when Voorhees’ foot slipped from the brake to the gas pedal.

The vehicle never entered the building, and there were no customers sitting in the area where the broken glass landed.

This morning, the hole in the building has been boarded up with a large sheet of plywood. The restaurant indicates it WILL remain open for business.

It’s the second incident of this kind in Watertown in recent months. In December, a car driven by a 70 year-old woman from Winnipeg smashed though the south entrance of the McDonald’s located near Interstate 29. In that case though, the entire front end of the car came to rest inside the restaurant.


PHOTO Courtesy Watertown Fire Rescue