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Driver dead after crashing into restaurant in Phoenix

According to police, the 40-year-old driver suffered a medical episode which caused his vehicle to crash into the First Watch restaurant near the I-17.

The driver of a vehicle that crashed into a Phoenix restaurant died after being taken to a hospital, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

According to police, the 40-year-old driver suffered a medical episode which caused his vehicle to crash into the First Watch restaurant near the I-17 in Phoenix.

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The crash happened around 9:30 Wednesday night and police said witnesses reported seeing smoke from the crash. According to police, it was later determined that the vehicle's tires caused the smoke.

The driver was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Police said the cause of death will be determined by a medical examiner.

"We can repair and rebuild our restaurant, but the true tragedy here is that a young life was lost and our community is heartbroken," a spokesperson for the restaurant said in a statement to 12 News. 

"We offer our deepest condolences and support to the family and friends affected by Wednesday night’s accident. Out of respect for the family, we do not have any further information to share at this time."

The employees will temporarily transfer to other restaurants during the closure.