“I’m lucky, in seconds I’m dead,” Hughsdale souvlaki owner Angelo Cosmas admitted yesterday after a car smashed through his store’s window.
Just before 11am on Monday, an out of control Toyota hatchback slammed into the front of the shop where Mr Cosmas was just minutes before.
He had walked to the front of the shop before heading back to the kitchen when the car mounted the footpath and hit the shop.
Fortunately the shop was closed on Monday, meaning no customers or staff members were harmed.
A Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB) spokesperson says the incident could have been a lot worse.
“This could have been a hell of a lot worse than what it is,” the MFB’s Rob Joyce told Nine News.
“We could have had people trapped under the car, or we could have had a lot more serious injuries.”
The drama was caught on the store’s security camera, showing the car drifting into the bus lane before the driver hit the accelerator instead of the break, ploughing into the store.
Police say the driver was involved in a minor crash on Warrigal Road before the incident.
The driver who was in his 40s was treated at the scene and taken to hospital for observation.
Thankfully the store was insured, but getting the business up and running again won’t be so easy.
Mr Cosmas, who has had the Euros House business for eight years, could be out of business for a month after the building was declared structurally unsafe.
Source: Nine News