A community was in mourning Wednesday after a speeding SUV crashed into a Newton restaurant, killing two people and injuring seven others.
As police continued to investigate, mourners placed flowers near the scene, where wooden boards had been erected in front of the eatery's glass, street-facing facade.
The car, driving at a high speed, was headed north on Chestnut Street and crossed Washington Street just after 6 p.m. when it smashed into the Sweet Tomatoes pizza restaurant, authorities told reporters.
The Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan's office Wednesday evening identified the two victims killed in the crash as Gregory D. Morin, 32, of Newton, and Eleanor Miele, 57, of Watertown. Both were customers inside the restaurant at the time of the collision, according to a release.
Three customers sustained injuries: a 30-year-old man from Brockton as well as a man and woman, ages 44 and 35, from Newton.
Four employees were also injured: a 19-year-old woman from Marshfield, a 27-year-old woman from Waltham and two men from Dedham - one is 34, the other is 32.
Ryan identified the driver only as a 55-year-old man from Newton who was also injured in the crash. His license has been suspended, the release said.
Ryan's office, as well as state and local police are investigating. No charges have been filed.
The restaurant "sustained significant structural damage," the release said.
"It sounded like a bomb went off," a witness, who didn't want to be identified, told WCVB. "The building shook, and alarms started going off. People were screaming. They were hurt. We went inside, and we were pulling rubble and debris off of people.”