SUV crashes into Northside arcade-bar

Posted at 6:37 PM, Mar 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 18:47:52-04

CINCINNATI -- An SUV rammed into a car and then a Northside bar Wednesday night.

Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition on Spring Grove Avenue was boarded up Thursday after the incident. The owners chalked it up to another case of bizarre driving in Northside.

"It was a smash and a loud scream and people fleeing," Christopher Flint said.

Flint, the general manager, watched the SUV crash into the bar at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Thursday, he was dealing with the aftermath.

"Obviously, this is a pain in the butt," Flint said.

But the looming question is, what happened? Police said the SUV lost control after another collision.

Markayla Bell, 18, was in the backseat of the SUV that crashed into the bar.

"I just through we were going to die as soon as I saw we were going fast toward the building," Bell said. "I had closed my eyes."

Bell said she and three others were getting gas at a nearby gas station. One of her friends jumped in the driver's seat.

"I told her, 'Don't drive off,'" Bell said.

The driver sped off and lost control.

"She tried to turn right, then she hit another car," Bell said. "She tried to turn the wheel, so the car flew into the bar."

Bell, the driver and one other passenger went to the hospital. They were all expected to be OK. No one was hurt in the bar.

This wasn't the first time a car crashed into the bar. In 2015, just two weeks after they opened, a turning car lost control and slammed into the bar.

Still, residents said it was an unusual incident. Flint said he was just glad no one in a bar full of patrons was hurt.

An insurance adjuster said there was about $15,000 in damage.

The bar will be open during its regular hours.