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Man is charged in Hingham cafe crash that injured 3

Two people were seriously injured in the Square Cafe in Hingham when a truck drove through the front window.

Hingham police

Two people were seriously injured in the Square Cafe in Hingham when a truck drove through the front window.

A Quincy man was arrested after the truck he was driving crashed into a Hingham cafe Friday evening, injuring three and shattering the front window of the restaurant, according to Hingham police.

Jeffrey Mahoney of Quincy, 29, hit the front of the Square Cafe just before 10 p.m., Hingham police said in a statement.

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Mahoney was driving the 2006 Toyota Tacoma eastbound on North Street when he veered toward the building, according to the statement.

He was not impaired, police said, but he is being charged with possession of a drug, among other charges.

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Two people in the cafe, a 59-year-old man from Hingham and a 52-year-old woman from Hull, were seriously injured, police said.

Mahoney’s passenger, a 24-year-old woman from Quincy, suffered minor injuries. Mahoney was not injured.

The three injured people were taken to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

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Mahoney, who lives at 440 South St. in Quincy, was charged with operating so as to endanger, possession of a Class B substance (Suboxone), and a marked-lanes violation, the police statement said.

Suboxone is a prescription medication that is intended to help with opioid dependence.

He has been released on personal recognizance, according to the statement, and is set to be arraigned Monday in Hingham District Court.

Hingham’s building inspector came to the scene to assess the cafe’s structural stability. No one at the cafe answered phone calls Saturday morning.

A Facebook page posting for Square Cafe expressed sympathy for those who were injured and said the cafe will be closed until further notice because of damage.

A State Police reconstruction team responded to the crash and aided in the investigation. The accident is still under investigation.

Reena Karasin can be reached at reena.karasin-@globe.com.
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