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Car hits Clayton gas station; two injured

Posted July 1, 2013

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— Two people suffered minor injuries Monday morning when they were hit by a car that rammed into a Clayton gas station, authorities said.

Gustav Baporis, 77, was in a rented Chrysler 300 with his wife and told police that he hit the wrong pedal and drove the car into Sandhu's gas station, at 1225 Amelia Church Road.

One person was injured when the car went into the store, and a second was injured when Baporis backed the car out again, authorities said. The Baporises weren't hurt.

Baporis was charged with careless and reckless driving and failure to reduce speed to avoid collision with persons.


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  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Jul 5, 2013

    This man doesn't need to be driving.

  • outhousecat Jul 2, 2013

    How hard do people stomp on the "brakes" to stop? When I'm pulling up to park, I'm going slowly to start with, then ease on the brakes until I'm stopped.

    The way this guy went through the store, it looks like he gagged it. If he'd have hit the brakes that hard, he would have blasted his wife through the windshield and she'd have been the one sitting in the Snickers, not the car.

  • samdutes Jul 2, 2013

    I'm trying to figure out where that bumper came from. The 2nd picture shows the front end of his car intact. ---Shaking My Head In Amusement

    That's the bumper cover in the first pic.......actually the'll come off pretty easily, most newer cars they're only held on by plastic "rivets"

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Jul 1, 2013


    I saw that but I was thinking maybe a lot of it was pushed/fell over. The other thing that has me scratching my head is the metal pole that would be the divider between the teo doors....how its still intact and there, bent but there none the less. Hmmm!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 1, 2013

    Shaking -

    From the damage to the inside of the store, it does look like he may have gone pretty far inside it.

    Surprised no one was more seriously injured. Thank God no one was.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 1, 2013

    Wags - Even young people use the wrong pedal sometimes you know. It's not always an age thing.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 1, 2013


    But seriously, blessed no one was more seriously injured cause man, that looks like a lot of damage to that store.

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Jul 1, 2013

    I'm trying to figure out where that bumper came from. The 2nd picture shows the front end of his car intact. Did the entire car go in and thats the rear bumper...for someone who knows that make&model? I would think by the time you smash into the car you'd find that pedal on the left (or in the middle) and get the car stopped before you are entirely in the store!! And how did he mis the white car on his way in but hit it on his way out? For sure he would just put it in reverse and come straight out like he went in, not turn the wheel and come out at a different angle?!?! I would assume (and hope) that the white car was parked there before it happened and not have come up after it happened thinking they were just going to bebop up in there and get their pepsi and snickers as if a car wasn't sitting there in the middle of the store!

  • GravyPig Jul 1, 2013

    I hope he sprung for the insurance on that rental.

  • dalgal416 Jul 1, 2013

    Too bad that's a Chrysler 300 not a Cadillac. Excellent reporting.