Whitmire’s body was completely under the vehicle right next to its left-side tires.
The driver stopped, as there was nowhere to turn, which allowed just enough time for Whitmire to roll out from behind the vehicle before the driver started to reverse. Whitmire wrote on GoFundMe that “adrenaline allowed me to roll out the way.”
Whitmire had injuries to his left shoulder, right knee and a hematoma to the back of the head and was taken to the hospital, according to the police incident report.
The driver then struck a third vehicle twice before eventually exiting the parking lot over what appeared to be large stairs.
The driver, identified as Payton Wells, was later charged with hit-and-run, Atlanta police said in a statement Tuesday. The case is still being investigated by the aggravated assault unit, and additional charges may be filed after consideration by investigators and the district attorney’s office.