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Navasota Store Clerk Speaks Out About Shocking Crash

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

Millions of people have seen the shocking surveillance footage of the Navasota store clerk who was nearly killed after an alleged drunk driver crashes her car into the store.

Hard work is hard to find. But finding a hard worker -- many would agree is even harder. Raj Kumar -- is it.

"I like to work,” Kumar said.

So much so that he was back to work just two days after surviving a near death experience.

"I was sitting down and not looking outside, just my phone, and I get up, look that way, turn around and then I got hit,” he explained.

As Kumar explained the chain of events that took place before the crash, he continued 12This is the same spot Kumar was standing just moments before this 2001 Honda Passport slammed into the wall -- right where Kumar was standing. The driver, 36-year-old Denise Wilson, told police she pushed the accelerator instead of the brake pedal as she was pulled into the store's parking lot.

After further investigation -- Police say Wilson was under the influence of alcohol. Kumar says he it was slow for a Monday night. At the time, the store was empty. In the surveillance footage you can see Kumar checking his phone, and then getting up to stretch. Seconds later you can see Wilson's vehicle plowing through; Kumar was then thrown fifteen feet in the air.

“I'm thrown there, I'm up I'm pain in my body on this side, and I go outside and open the door and I don't know,” explained Kumar.

The surveillance video shows Kumar getting up, holding his stomach and walking to the doors; he then collapses.

“I was in pain, pain, and my mind wasn’t working,” said Kumar.

As he's lying on the ground -- witnesses come to his rescue, calling 911.

While that was happening -- Wilson, who police say was intoxicated -- never got out of her car.

Kumar was treated for minor injuries at an area hospital and says he couldn't wait to get back to work.

“I'm alive. I'm happy,” said Kumar.

Work is something he’s used to doing every day and something he says he lives for. But the recent attention he's garnered from around the world is something he admits -- he'll never -- understand.

“I'm just an ordinary guy,” Kumar said.

Kumar moved from India just 15 months ago. And he says despite the near - death experience -- he's not accepting his new fame.

"It can happen anywhere, anywhere and anytime," he said.

Denise Wilson was arrested for intoxication assault and taken to the Grimes County Jail. She was released after posting a $100,000 bond.


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