SYCAMORE – The owner of Taxco Restaurant in Sycamore says he hopes to reopen this week after a truck driver who police say likely suffered a seizure crashed into the restaurant Sunday.
Crews will remove the awning of the building this morning and will remove the building facade between today and Thursday, Taxco owner Jesus Romero said.
"This was just material stuff," Romero said. "Nobody's life was in danger. It was an unfortunate accident that can happen to anyone."
Romero said his main concern is to ensure the building is safe. The sidewalk in front of the building remained cordoned off Tuesday because of concerns about falling debris.
The goal is for Taxco to open for dinner Thursday or on Friday for lunch, Romero said.
The truck driver who crashed into the restaurant likely suffered a seizure just before the accident, Sycamore police Lt. Darrell Johnson said.
No charges or citations are expected to be filed against truck driver Thomas Sholes, 46, of Loves Park, Johnson said.
Sholes told police that he might have had a seizure about 6 a.m. Sunday as he drove through downtown Sycamore on State Street. Sholes lost consciousness and veered across the westbound lane, authorities said. The truck hit a tree, a traffic light pole and a parking meter before it crashed into the restaurant at 223 W. State St., Sycamore. The wreck caused about $100,000 in damages, authorities said.
Sholes told police he has a medical condition that causes him to have seizures, Johnson said.
"The medical condition is what caused him to pass out and lose consciousness," Johnson said.
Sholes, an employee of Big John Portable Toilet Rental in Polo, was driving a truck used to haul portable toilets from Oregon to Hampshire with a 16-year-old passenger who was helping with the job. The incident is still under review, Johnson said.
Sholes was conscious and talking to investigating officers at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb. He had no significant injuries, Johnson said.
"We're fortunate no serious injuries happened as a result of this crash," Johnson said.