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It's crazy how often customers crash into Donut Kraze shops

Unlike its Buffalo location, the Donut Kraze in the Town of Tonawanda doesn't have a drive-thru. But one customer tried to make his own.

On Friday, for the second time in six years, someone smashed through the storefront of one of the chain's two locations.

"You don't think this would ever happen to you twice in your life," owner John Gruber said Wednesday morning as he stood next to the boarded-up section of his Tonawanda shop.

This time, it was the shop at 365 Somerville Ave., off Brighton Road in the town.

A 45-year-old town man who blamed a vehicle malfunction crashed his 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt into the front door, window and some counter-style seating around 7 p.m. Friday, making it a couple of feet into the building before coming to a stop, Gruber and town police said.

The driver's vehicle was hardly damaged, Gruber said, and he never got the coffee and doughnuts he wanted.

The damage left behind at Donut Kraze, with the vehicle in the background ready to tow away. (Photo courtesy John Gruber)

No one was hurt, and the tint on the plate glass windows prevented them from shattering and causing more serious harm, he said. Employees cleared away the debris and boarded up the hole later that day.

The driver was ticketed and his car was towed from the scene, said town Police Lt. Thomas Haynes, who didn't have an estimate for the damage.

The shop never closed, and writing on the front of the building urges customers to use the side door to get inside.

Gruber said sales seemed to tick up in the days after the accident, with people coming to see the damage for themselves, but it's slowed down this week.

"I think we're losing business because of it," he said. Gruber said he hopes his landlord can finish repairs to the shop within a month and a half, but that will have to be coordinated with the insurance company.

Six years ago, on Oct. 27, 2012, an 85-year-old West Seneca man attempting to park at Donut Kraze's original location, at 406 Dingens St. near the Niagara Thruway, apparently accelerated by mistake and crashed his SUV through the front of the shop, according to Buffalo police.

Three people ā€“ a passenger and two customers inside ā€“ were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The building suffered extensive damage, and Gruber said it took six months to begin the repairs in that case.

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