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Man tries to run over girlfriend, crashes into store

A man is accused of trying to run over his girlfriend with his truck, which barreled right through a convenience store.
December 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A terrifying case of domestic violence in Tennessee was caught on surveillance video.

A man is accused of trying to run over his girlfriend with his truck, which barreled right through a convenience store.

Laquisha Dansby ran for her life and ducked into the convenience store.

Unfortunately for storeowner Surendra Patel, just seconds after Dansby ran inside, the truck crashed through the door and ran him over.

His body was pinned to the front grill as the truck collided into the counter.

Multiple surveillance cameras captured the moment of impact as a witness called 911.

The driver, Erik Whitaker, who had been chasing Dansby after a confrontation, got out and seemed to search for her under the truck.

But she was safe on the other side and ran when she saw Whitaker, who then calmly walked out of the store.

Just then, Andrea Kreisel, a nurse, entered the store. Whitaker attempted to steal Kriesel's unattended SUV at a nearby gas station minutes before. However, his plan was foiled after he collided head-on into a bread truck.

"So I'm just out a car and its okay though, you know, it's a small price to pay really, just to know everyone's okay, no one lost their life," Kriesel said.

Patel's family said he suffered severe wounds to his face and chest, but that he is recovering and is thankful to be alive.

Whitaker is now hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

He faces a litany of charges, including attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault and the theft of Kriesel's SUV.

ABC News contributed to this story.


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