Coffee shop crash victim speaks out

Coffee shop crash victim speaks out

One of the six people whose car was forced into an east side coffee shop early Sunday morning when police say a drunk driver hit them is still recovering in the hospital.

Heather Corpora is the last of the six friends left in the hospital. Corpora was sitting behind the driver’s seat when police say 54-year-old Todd Tantillo hit the side of their SUV, which caused the car to crash into Mother Fools coffee shop on Williamson Street.

Corpora said she is just happy to be alive “because I really could’ve died.”

Corpora was on her way home from a night out with her friends, she said. Just seconds after they got into their car, Tantillo crashed into them, sending their vehicle into the coffee shop.

“We were dancing and having fun. We were in the vehicle for 30 seconds, not even a minute, and all of a sudden I just remember we were in this building,” she said.

Police said Tantillo had been drinking and smoking synthetic marijuana before the crash.

“We got a designated driver. We were doing the right thing getting a ride home, not driving drunk, and here he comes along,” Corpora said.

“He shouldn’t have been able to do this to them,” Heather’s husband, Bryan Corpora, said.

Aside from the visible scars, Heather Corpora is left with a broken arm and two hairline fractures in her shoulder and pelvis. Doctors say the next step once she’s released will be rehab.

“I just want things to go back to normal, just to be able to have dinner, watch a movie. I just want her to feel better,” Bryan Corpora said.

Despite the long road ahead, the Corporas are happy Heather’s here to share her story.

“I know she is tough. I’m just happy she is here today,” he said.

“It’s going to be a long journey, but I’m hopeful I’m going to get through it,” Heather Corpora said.

Tantillo was arrested on suspicion of third-offense operating while intoxicated, among several other charges.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the victims pay for medical expenses.