Shocking moment Kia crashes into Florida convenience store, pins man against wall as cops say it was NOT an accident
- Video posted online shows a black Kia Forte crashing into the Travel Centers of America in Seffner, Florida at around 12:24 a.m. Tuesday
- He stopped at a far wall, where a man could be seen waving his arms
- Authorities said the crash was not an accident and arrested Anthony Katosh, 37, for criminal mischief of $1,000 or more.
Surveillance footage captured the shocking moment a Kia drove through a convenience store in Florida and pinned a man against a wall.
Video posted online shows the black sedan crashing into the Travel Centers of America in Seffner, a town just east of Tampa, around 12:24 p.m. Tuesday before coming to a stop on a back wall, where the a man can be seen waving his arms .
Authorities say the crash was no accident, but did not reveal a motive even as they arrested Anthony Katosh, 37, for criminal mischief of $1,000 or more.
Fortunately, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said, the victim and driver suffered only minor injuries.
Anthony Katosh, 37, was arrested for criminal mischief of $1,000 or more after he allegedly rammed his Kia Forte into the Travel Centers of America in Seffner, a town just east of Tampa, around 12:24 a.m. Tuesday.
Surveillance footage captured the moment the car rolled through the convenience store’s glass doors and swept away the victim in a cloud of debris
The Kia eventually came to a stop on the back wall, where a man could be seen reaching out between metal beams and crumpled product displays.
In footage of the crash, a man in a light-colored shirt and dark pants could be seen entering the store at the back.
As he approaches the door, a black Kia Forte can be seen coming at full speed, crashing through the glass doors before they even have a chance to close after the customer.
Just four seconds pass between the moment the Forte pulls into the parking lot and the crash, when the unidentified victim is picked up in a wave or debris and carried through the store.
After the car comes to rest against a far wall, the customer’s arms are seen stretching out between metal beams and crumpled product displays.
Store workers could then be seen emerging from behind their desks on the right side of the screen and calling the police as they assessed the situation.
The victim and Katosh were transported to Tampa General Hospital shortly after with non-life-threatening injuries.
“The footage of the car smashing into this business and directly at a victim is shocking to say the least,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement.
“It’s an absolute miracle that the person trapped by the car didn’t sustain more serious injuries, and we’re happy to hear that he will be fine.”
The victim could be seen approaching the door of the convenience store when the Kia Forte came into view
Only four seconds passed between the moment the Forte entered the parking lot and the accident
The motive for the accident remains unclear, but it came just days after Katosh urged his friends to send the police to his address as he was having trouble with his housemate.
It is still unclear what led to the collision, but on Katosh’s Facebook page he asked for police help two nights before, urging his friends to “send the police quickly”. Don’t call, send.
When asked if he was okay, Katosh replied that “a little roommate problem got worse.”
Katosh has previously been arrested for domestic violence and traffic violations, according to records obtained by DailyMail.com.
He is now being held on $2,000 bail as an investigation into the accident continues.