Police: Rock Hill man with ‘slight limp’ denies hitting woman’s car twice despite store video

A Rock Hill man insisted that he did not hit a woman’s car this week though she identified him by his clothes and slight limp, and he was seen on surveillance video backing into her car two times, police say.

The woman, 25, told police that at about 7:15 p.m. she was parked outside Park Grocery on East Main Street when she saw Terry Thompson, 52, pull in front of her in a silver Buick, according to a Rock Hill police report. After he went into the store, Thompson returned to his car and started backing up while the woman still sat in her car, a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. Thompson’s car hit the woman’s car, the report states, before he pulled forward.

The woman told police Thompson backed up again and hit her car a second time, the report states. The woman got out of her car and yelled to Thompson, “Terry, you hit my car.” Thompson looked back and then drove off. Officers found the Thompson’s Buick parked in a driveway on Marshall Street and Thompson sitting in a chair inside the house.

He denied having been at Park Grocery, the report states, before he changed his story and claimed he was at the store two hours earlier but did not hit anyone. Thompson changed his story a second time, claiming he let his cousin drive his car to the store. His cousin, he told police, also did not hit anyone. The victim arrived at the house and identified Thompson, saying: “That’s the guy who hit my car, the guy limping towards (sic) us in the button-up shirt and blue pants,” according to the report.

Still, Thompson denied that he was at the store, police reported. Officers watched surveillance video of Thompson hitting the woman’s car twice before he left the parking lot. Police arrested Thompson, charging him with hindering police and leaving the scene of an accident. He was also charged with driving under suspension after police learned his driver’s license was invalid.