Boy Scout Commissioner Dies After Being Hit When Car Drives Into Restaurant

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A week after a car wrecked into a restaurant in Prince George’s County, one of the victims has died from his injuries.

The man who died is 73-year-old Isiah Pugh, of Oxon Hill, a longtime Boy Scout leader and Patuxent District commissioner.

Surveillance video captures the terrifying moments when a woman plows her sedan into a busy Upper Marlboro restaurant.

Another camera angle inside the Babe’s Boys Tavern shows the car smashing through the wall.

“They were hurt very badly, one was knocked unconscious,” said bartender Aileen Noel.

The collision sent half a dozen people to the hospital. One of the victims, Pugh, died from his injuries on Tuesday, just one week after the crash.

The National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America released a statement saying:

“Isiah was a well-respected leader and a true friend to scouting, and he will be greatly missed by all. He has gone home.”

According to police, the driver lost control of her car, causing it to blast into the side of the building.

At the time of the crash, many of the customers were public safety employees. It’s a place well known to county workers, who were able to jump into action moments after the accident.

“Just how everybody kind of came together, and was helping everybody,” said restaurant manager Terry Rollins.

The Boy Scouts of America have set up a memorial page in honor of Isiah Pugh. Click here for details.

Babe’s Boys Tavern plans to reopen in December.

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  1. Trevor Frith says:

    Another right foot pedal error, part of the right foot braking epidemic. But let’s make sure we blame the driver, especially if they are a women or old (over 40!). Never blame the guys in charge of driver legislation and training who set the driver up to fail. They forced this driver to brake an automatic transmission vehicle with only the right foot. They did this knowing they had 0 Scientific Justification and that right foot braking is too complicated and difficult to mentally maintain with age, inefficient (poor reaction time) and dangerous (subject to right foot pedal error) compared to the simpler and safer (But girly!) left foot braking method. See DOT HS 811 597, 812 058and 812 431. NHTSA refuses to use the term “right foot pedal errors” but instead calls it “pedal misapplication” and always blames the drivers for not being experts. Score to date, 150,000 dead (7 Every Day), millions injured, and billions in costs. The price male drivers, both in and out of government, are prepared to pay to maintain their systemic belief in a braking method based on the scientific foundation of, “That’s the way it’s always been taught”! This is not about which braking method is safer but rather why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods and continue to produce misinformation about other proposed braking methods. Was it driver error or the way we taught them to brake?

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