79-Year-Old Woman Charged With DWI After Barreling Into Popular Westchester Restaurant, Badly Injuring 4 Diners: Police

Four patrons were badly injured when the car careened into the restaurant Sunday

What to Know

  • Several people were injured, four of them critically, after a car smashed into a restaurant in Mamaroneck, officials say
  • It happened at Enzo’s restaurant on Mamaroneck Avenue around 7:45 p.m.
  • Police say the driver remained at the scene; she was later charged with driving while intoxicated

A 79-year-old woman has been charged with driving while intoxicated after police say she crashed her car into a popular restaurant in Westchester County filled with people eating dinner, seriously hurting four of them, officials say.

Nine people total were hurt when the woman, identified as Roseanne Cassano of Yonkers, careened into Enzo’s Ristorante on Mamaroneck Avenue around 7:45 p.m. Sunday. It wasn’t clear how many customers were inside the Mamaroneck restaurant at the time. The nature of the critical injuries wasn't known. 

Surveillance video shows the crash unfold. A white car is sitting at the light when suddenly a red sedan parked outside the restaurant backs up into it and then whips backward seemingly out of control. It ultimately did a 360 before landing inside the restaurant.

Ethan De La Rosa was sitting there eating when the car suddenly just missed him.

“All of a sudden a car came inside in reverse and I was just shocked," he said. “I have adrenaline running through me. It’s crazy to think how my life could have ended right there.”

Police say Cassano remained at the scene.

Her attorney told News 4 Monday she was distraught over what he described as an accident. The investigation is ongoing.

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