The driver who struck a 7-Eleven employee in a horrifyingly violent Pennsylvania hit-and-run crash has finally surrendered to authorities.
The crash, which occurred around 10:30 p.m. on June 9, was caught on camera by the video surveillance in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven in Yeadon, Pennsylvania. Because of the shockingly unbelievable nature of the incident, the video has gone viral online, even being picked up by TMZ.
24-year-old Gejea Ejeta, an employee at the 7-Eleven, was outside changing the trash when a silver 2007 Dodge Caliber backed out of a parking spot near him. The vehicle then quickly accelerated forward, slamming into Ejeta and sending him crashing through the window of the store.
The driver of the Dodge, 32-year-old Willaisha Rankins, backed her vehicle away from the accident scene but did not get out to check on Ejeta. Passenger Tylese Pitts exited the front passenger side, but casually walked away as if nothing happened instead of seeing if Ejeta was okay – or alive. As the vehicle was still in reverse, one more passenger tumbled out of the back seat, only to then jump back into the car before it sped off.
On June 24, shortly after the release of the surveillance video, Rankins turned herself in to authorities. Rankins, who is a nurse, was arraigned on multiple charges including reckless driving as well as failure to stop and render aid.
Ejeta, who is a native of Ethiopia, miraculously survived the accident, sustaining injuries to his legs. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Rankins’ BAC at the time of the accident is not known; however, Pitts has told authorities that they were out drinking before the incident.
The Bucks County car crash attorneys at Cordisco & Saile are relieved to hear that Ejeta’s injuries are not life threatening and wish him a quick, full recovery.