Surveillance video shows teens crashing stolen car into smoke shop

Surveillance video shows teens crashing stolen car into smoke shop
Hussein Aldabessi (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
Hussein Aldabessi (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
The owners worked on Monday to stabilize the front of the building. (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
The owners worked on Monday to stabilize the front of the building. (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
The shop sits on the corner of 3rd and Kenton streets. (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
The shop sits on the corner of 3rd and Kenton streets. (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A stolen car full of teenagers crashed into a smoke shop Sunday evening and all of it was caught on camera.

Video surveillance at Third Street Smoke Shop recorded the car crashing into two other moving cars at 3rd and Kenton streets before smashing the front doors of the shop.

Hussein Aldabessie was the only person inside of the smoke shop during the crash. He was working as a clerk while waiting on the owner to return.

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"I heard something explode," Aldabessie said. "When I turned around, I saw half of the car inside the doorway."

Aldabessie said the car was smoking. He said glass and rock covered the floor and merchandise inside of the shop.

Uncertain if someone was killed, Aldabessie began to panic.

"I didn't know what was going on outside," he said.

He relied on the store's surveillance video to learn more. The video showed at least six teens jumping out of the car and running away. Police confirmed this car is stolen.

One of the drivers who was hit, turned her car around and attempted to chase down the teens.

"She couldn't catch anyone because they ran into the alley," Aldabessie said.

This woman's car and another driver's vehicle were severely damaged as a result of the crash. The women were taken to the hospital for examination. Police confirmed no severe injuries.

On Monday, the owners of the shop worked to stabilize the front of the building.

The smoke shop's owner said this crash comes as no surprise to him.

"Cars around here drive 50 to 60 miles per hour sometimes," he said. "This is not the first time there was an accident around here."

Aldabessie said last year someone was killed in a crash just yards away from his shop.

LMPD has reports seven people were killed as a result of the more than 3,800 hit-and-run crashes in Jefferson County in 2015. Investigators are still searching for those responsible for at least three of the crashes, including the crash that led to the death of 19-year-old Deniesha Pugh. Police said Pugh was dragged down West Broadway by a white Chevy Impala.

A hit-and-run in Valley Station also remains unsolved, after police said a dark colored SUV killed Tracy Stovall as she was walking in Valley Downs. Police continue to search for answers after Donald Ray Benningfield, 68, was struck and killed at a busy intersection in Fern Creek.

Police ask anyone with information regarding the car stolen by the teens, or any information about other unsolved hit-and-runs, to call 574-LMPD.
 
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