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Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Ramming Truck Into Convenience Store

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COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday for a man accused of ramming his truck into a Columbia convenience store nearly two years ago.

Jury selection will get underway in the trial for Eric Whitaker, who was charged with attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and aggravated assault.

NewsChannel 5 was the first to air the surveillance video of the incident in December 2011, and it went viral.

It showed Whitaker's girlfriend running into the Columbia Market on Highway 412, and then Whitaker slamming his vehicle right into the store.

The clerk inside the store was struck by the truck, but seconds later he got up and walked away.

Whitaker then walked out of the store, right past a nurse who came into the store to help. He then got into her SUV in the parking lot and tried to leave.

As Whitaker attempted to flee the scene, he slammed head-on into a delivery truck. Whitaker was hospitalized in critical condition, but has since recovered.

Before the trial starts, assistant District Attorney Brent Cooper told NewsChannel 5's Nick Beres that there was little chance of a plea deal. Nick also learned that Whitaker's attorney will likely argue diminished capacity, claiming he did not comprehend the criminal nature of what he was doing.

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