Samuel Kiwasz from California is lucky to be alive after a car came crashing through his gym while he was working out last week.

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Just before 6 a.m., a Mercedes SUV came barreling through the gym wall in Culver City as Samuel Kiwasz was running on the treadmill. The 67-year-old retired teacher was thrown to the ground, which was covered in broken glass.

“I got thrown back and I could see the treadmill coming at me and I was afraid of being crushed. I rolled to the side and I think that is what saved me.” 

Moments after the crash, the shoeless driver emerged from the car to see what had happened. She then tried to get back in her SUV, but an off-duty cop who was working out at the gym stepped in. She reportedly told police her brakes failed. When cops arrived on the scene she was not taken into custody and was not charged.

“She didn’t really seem fully coherent about what happened,” the gym manager said. Remarkably, Kiwasz only had minor injuries. Kiwasz is represented by law offices of Eli M. Kantor.