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Speedy Stop re-opens after accident

By Gheni_Platenburg
Feb. 28, 2011 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 27, 2011 at 8:28 p.m.

A Victoria firefighter talks to a customer inside the Speedy Stop convenience store, at the corner of Sam Houston Drive and Evergreen Lane, where a Ford F-150 plowed through the front door on Sunday.

One day after a truck plowed through its front entrance, the Speedy Stop store at 3302 Sam Houston Drive has re-opened.

The convenience store closed for business after a Ford F-150 drove through the store's front doors on Sunday afternoon, coming to a rest completely inside of the store.

Michael Wayne Kennedy, 30, of Victoria, was arrested on suspicion of felony accident involving injury, including failing to render aid; a 54-year-old woman, who was inside the store, at the time of the wreck, was injured.

Anthony Villegas, also inside the store at the time of the incident, said he was in the middle of purchasing some sodas when the truck came barreling through the entrance doors.

"The truck came in full-speed," said the 23-year-old Victoria resident. "He didn't make any attempt to stop or slow down."

When the truck finally stopped, Villegas said Kennedy attempted to put it into reverse and back out of the store.

But Kennedy was unable to do so because the truck's tires were trapped by debris.

Shortly afterward, Villegas said Kennedy exited the truck.

"He looked around, but he didn't say anything," said Villegas. "He looked to be in shock."

Villegas said then he and two Speedy Stop employees heard the 54-year-old injured woman crying for help.

While Villegas rushed to the injured woman's side, Kennedy fled the scene.

After fleeing, Kennedy called the police to report his truck stolen, said police.

A witness later identified Kennedy as the driver.

Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the wreck, according to the police.

Kennedy was also arrested on two warrants charging him with driving while license is invalid and failure to appear.

A search of Texas Department of Public Safety records revealed Kennedy had previous arrests on charges of graffiti, resisting arrest, burglary of a habitation and theft.

Kennedy was arraigned for the accident charges and given a $30,000 bail; but, he remained in custody for violation of probation.

A Speedy Stop spokesperson declined to comment.



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