Video: Drunk Driver Smashes Through 7-Eleven | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Video: Drunk Driver Smashes Through 7-Eleven

One unsuspecting shopper barely escapes with her life.

Image: 

A black SUV crashes through
the window. Photo via

By Rebecca Gray

04/04/12

| Share

You walk into a 7-Eleven to pick up a lottery ticket and perhaps a snack. All is calm. Then the walls literally crash in around you. On Monday Jonaya Peterson, of Waterbury, Connecticut experienced exactly this terrifying situation. A black SUV smashed through the store window directly behind her, grazing her back and narrowly avoiding killing her. She instinctively jumped up onto the counter, out of the vehicle's way, as it reversed back over the broken glass and debris and drove off. The driver was Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Kennedy Dowdell. When the cops caught up with him, he refused to take a sobriety test because, “I’m drunk and I know I will fail the test.” Dowdell appeared in court yesterday on charges of third degree assault and operating a vehicle under the influence. Peterson was taken to the hospital, but was unharmed. “I think I’m very lucky,” she says. “My angels were looking over me because, after seeing that video—it's hard to watch.”

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
Sober Living
How I Learned to Love the Holidays

Addiction is a three fold disease—Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Here's my way out of that obstacle course.

the fix tv