Drunk driver crashes through a store, injures clerk
NAVASOTA, Texas (WHDH) -- A teenage girl has a message for the drunk driver that drove through a convenience store: “This is not a drive-thru.”
The Hi-ho Café and store nestled along a Texas highway certainly doesn't have a drive through, but that didn't stop 36-year-old Denise Wilson from plowing into building.
In the security footage you can see Wilson driving up to the store; but the problem is she never stops.
In fact, she drives straight through the gas station wall.
28-year-old Raj Kumar was standing behind that wall.
The store was empty. Kumar stood up from his chair and stretched. Seconds later, Wilson’s vehicle came smashing through the wall.
After being hit by a moving car and thrown 15-feet across the store, Raj Kumar managed to get up. He walked outside of the store and then collapsed.
"She had told them she had mistaken the accelerator for the brake pedal. As they furthered their investigation into this accident, they determined alcohol played a role in this,” said Chief Shawn Myatt of the Navasota Police Dept.
Police said Wilson never got out of her car. In the video, you can see bystanders rushing to the scene.
Kumar was rushed to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
"He’s very fortunate, he definitely could have been more seriously injured," said Myatt.
Wilson was arrested for intoxication assault and transported to the Grimes County Jail. She posted a $100,000 bond and was released.
In the meantime, a 14-year-old girl said she hopes her message will be heard loud and clear.
"I don't believe in drinking and driving, it can kill innocent people."
The clerk is now back at work after suffering head and arm injuries.