MOUNT LAUREL — The community is mourning a local business owner, killed in a crash while pulling out of his own family’s restaurant last weekend.

Glenn Keen, 52, of Mount Laurel, was exiting the parking lot of Cucina Carini on Sept. 3 when his car was broadsided by another vehicle, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed.

The crash happened in the 1300 block of Hainesport-Mount Laurel Road around 8 p.m., police said — the restaurant is across the street from a township elementary school.

Cucina Carini in Mount Laurel (Google Maps)
Cucina Carini in Mount Laurel (Google Maps)

Keen was airlifted to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he died later that night.

The other driver was taken by ambulance to Cooper University Hospital in Camden with non-life-threatening injuries.

No charges have been filed at this stage of the investigation, according to the prosecutor’s office on Thursday.

Glenn Keen and his wife, Paula, opened the restaurant together in 1995 — the same year they got married, according to his obituary.

He is survived by Paula Keen, their two sons, his own parents and other relatives.

“Glenn is known for his strength, humility, and down-to-earth nature. He worked passionately throughout his life with his love and devotion to Paula, Vincenzo and Anthony as his guiding force in all things,” his obituary read — echoed by many comments on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Funeral services were being held Thursday at Sacred Heart Church in Riverton.

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