Exclusive: Injured shopper tells story after truck hits business
MIDTOWN JACKSON — A man is accused of driving his truck through the front of a midtown business because he was mad at the owner, and WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News talks to the shopper who says she was hit by the truck. Carla Wilbourn says she never expected when she walked into the Eteez T-shirt store in midtown Jackson she would leave needing stitches. “When I went in the store, I just stood there, then — BAM! — glass, I’m on the ground,” Wilbourn said. Wilbourn says she was hit by the truck that rammed through the front of the building. She was then taken to the hospital. Now walking on crutches, Wilbourn says she had to have 14 stitches in her calf and has bruises from her shoulder to her hips. “I was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” she said. Jonathan Fullington was in Jackson City Court Friday morning. Police say Fullington and the shop owner had been arguing inside the store. It is unclear if Fullington intentionally drove into the store, according to Captain Tyreece Miller with the Jackson Police Department. According to investigators, he was revving his engine in the parking lot and is now charged with assault and vandalism. “There were skid marks on the pavement, and he was going fast enough to cause the truck to go over a parking fob and into the business,” Miller said. Wilbourn said Fullington said the crash was accidental. “He was like, ‘I didn’t mean to, I didn’t mean to. That was an accident,'” she said. The shop owner declined our request for comment. Miller said the vandalism charge could be elevated once the owners complete a damage estimate evaluation.