Car Crashes Through Texas Store, Hitting Clerk

Aug 2, 2012 4:20pm

A convenience store clerk in Texas who was slammed to the ground by a car driven by an alleged drunk driver is back at work after surviving the near-death experience.

Rajmish “Raj” Kumar of Navasota, Texas, was manning the register of the Hi Ho Store & Cafe Monday night when a 2001 Honda Passport slammed into the wall right where the 28-year-old was standing.

Video from the store’s surveillance camera, just released by authorities, shows the moment of impact when the car slammed into the store around 10 p.m. and hit Kumar, sending him flying nearly 15 feet across the store. He managed to get up and walk out of the store but then collapsed, police said.

A nurse who was nearby pumping gas into her car saw the crash and called 911, according to the Navasto Examiner.  Kumar, who moved to Texas from India just 15 months ago, was transported by ambulance to the St. Joseph Regional Health Center of Bryan where he was treated and released.

Just days later, he was back at work.

“I’m not mad. I am sad for one or two hours when I have pain, but I’m happy all the time,” he told the paper.

Police charged Navasto resident Denise Wilson, 36, in the incident.  Authorities say she pushed the car’s accelerator instead of the brake as she pulled into the store’s parking lot while, according to police, under the influence of alcohol.

She was arrested for intoxication assault and taken to the Grimes County Jail.  She was released on Wednesday after posting a $100,000 bond, the Examiner reported.

Kumar could not be reached for comment.  A phone call placed to Hi Ho was not answered.

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