Two Hurt When Car Slams Into Whitley County Store

Jim Thornton said he and his children were at Jones' Grocery in Whitley County to get pizza because it was his night to cook. His 8-year-old son, Jimmy, was standing at the candy aisle when, “I heard a noise, I turned around. It hit me. It carried me through the store,” says Jimmy of the terrifying experience of being hit by a car.

Jimmy was pinned between the car and the candy aisle. Police say Carl Music was behind the wheel.

“The guy had actually put it in park and turned it off. I drug him out and I started the car, put it in reverse and got it off of him,” says Jimmy’s father.

Jimmy and another man were hurt. They were taken a to a Tennessee hospital. Jimmy now has 13 stitches in his leg.

“Five inside, eight on the outside; it could have been worse, but God was watching over me,” says Jimmy.

Police arrested Carl Music and charged him with assault, DUI, and criminal mischief. Witnesses told police that Music was arguing with an employee before the accident.

Carl Music did not wish to give his side of the story from inside the Whitley County Detention Center, but workers inside the story Friday say it was just an accident.

The suspect's daughter says her father never intended to harm anyone.

“I was told by the owner of the store that when he backed up, he hit the railing of the gas pump, protective railing, and he tried to accelerate, to get off the railing. From that point, the car went into the store,” says Cheryl Music.

Music remains in jail on $250,000 bond.

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  • by Whitley Co. citiza Location: Saxton on Dec 13, 2007 at 03:35 PM
    Hey Drinking and Driving are a deadly Mix, like litt Jimmy said "God wwatchin over him, I'd have to say that Mr. Music had God lookig over him also cause in our couny he would probley have gotten about 6 months in Jail, had he killed this young man. If I were Big Jimmy I woud have been in jail too cause ....well just say they would have taken Mr. Music to the Hospital.
  • by Anonymous Location: leslie on Oct 27, 2007 at 01:00 AM
    ok lets get real here the daughter said he didnt wont to harm anyone ok lets see here he was drunk or rather charged with DUI he shouldnt even been under the wheel of a car now should he drinking and driving dont go together so therefore he did mean to hurt someone or he wouldnt have been drinking and driving
  • by SANDY Location: OWINGSVILLE on Oct 26, 2007 at 04:11 PM
    If Mr. Music would be more careful this would not have happened. If he was drinking he should be punished to the max and pay for ALL medical bills and repairs to the store.


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