Car left running, hits Macon liquor store

A Macon man watched as his unattended car crashed into the front of a liquor store on Monday.

Eddie Kusawadee, a native of Thailand who has lived in Macon for the past 19 years, said he left his car running to go inside the Cherio Package Store for “two minutes.” He thought he put it in park, but it was still in drive and lurched forward and struck near the front door of the store, located at the corner of Walnut and Spring streets.

It could have been even worse if he had been quicker to walk to the front door, Kusawadee said.

“In two seconds, the car would’ve hit me,” he said.

Macon Bibb-County fire Capt. Ronnie Napier said a county engineer had evaluated the scene and found the structure as a whole was sound. The facade could still fall, though, and the store remains closed for now.

“There’s no way to get the door open,” Napier said.

The store owner declined to comment but will not be pressing charges.

Kusawadee said he frequently leaves his car running for quick errands but now sees that practice is a bad idea.

“It’s a lesson. Next time, cut your car off,” he said.

To contact writer Jeremy Timmerman, call 744-4331.