Man struck with vehicle for parking in handicapped spot

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A fight over a handicapped parking spot landed one driver in the hospital and the other in jail.

Jessica Toms said the worst part about witnessing the horrific events Tuesday was that it was intentional.

"It was like a movie scene playing," Toms said.  "Can't really get it out of my mind.  It was really hard to watch."

Toms was working inside Salon Allure when she saw Devon Kiss ram his car into an elderly man, Thomas Esposito.

"The man hit the trunk and kind of flew up onto the trunk," Toms said.

Esposito parking in a handicapped spot and walked to a Subway restaurant with his friend.  Kiss passed by and asked why he was parking in the handicapped spot.  Esposito told Kiss it was none of his business.  Kiss then backed up his car and hit Esposito.

Esposito flew over the hood of the car, leaving scratch marks on the hood.

"The guy that he hit, it was an elderly gentleman, probably 60 to 70ish," Toms said.  "He was parked in a handicapped spot and he had a handicap sticker."

Esposito had every right to park in the spot because he had a valid handicap sticker.

Toms said Kiss drove off after hitting Esposito.

"He finally put the car in drive and sped off as quickly as he could," Toms said.

Kiss not only ran over Esposito during his getaway, he also rammed a second car.

"He actually showed up about 25 or 30 minutes later and turned himself in," Toms said.  "He said he was scared and he drove off."

Toms said what she saw broke her heart and she cannot get the image of Esposito out of her mind.

"How could people be so cruel?" Toms asked.  "He was having a hard time walking and I'm hoping he didn't hurt his spine or neck or anything.  I really hope the law does what it's supposed to do."

Kiss confessed to the crime and was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  He was released on a $50,000 bond.

Tonight on Action News 5 at 10, Jason Miles hears from Thomas Esposito and shares Kiss' checkered track record.

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