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Restaurant Raises Funds After Driver Crashes into Building

Restaurant Raises Funds After Driver Crashes into Building

Driver said icy road behind crash

Pasion Latin Fusion Short $5,000 for Repairs

A side view of the spot where a car crashed into PasionPasion Latin Fusion is raising money to cover costs in damages after a truck crashed into the front of their restaurant Jan. 7 at 12:30 p.m.

The driver hit a patch of ice on Lomas and lost control, damaging a city light post and destroying the facade of Pasion’s building.

“Nobody was hurt. That’s the important thing,” said Pasion’s owner, Elvis Bencomo.

A family just asked to be moved to another table from the front window table before the accident. Bencomo was working in the kitchen when he heard the loud explosion.

“I thought it was a bomb,” he said, noting the smoke that rose from the concrete.

Bencomo said the city is partly responsible for the accident because they did nothing to melt the ice on Lomas Boulevard – one of the busiest streets in the city. The crash happened a day after the city was shut down due to the snow.

“The driver’s insurance will cover the minimum amount in New Mexico, $10,000. That money has to be used to fix the city light as well, which leaves us $5,000 short for the rebuild,” Bencomo said.

Bencomo started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the repairs. About $1,500 has been donated to the fund in 24 hours.

Pasion will also host  a taco pay-what-you-will event Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. as an additional way to raise money.

“People love our tacos. Hopefully the community will come out and support us,” Bencomo said.

Donations can also be made to Pasion here.

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Sara MacNeil is an editorial intern at ABQ Free Press Weekly.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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