A frustrating delay at a Sydney service station counter may have saved a man’s life after he came within centimetres of being run down by an out-of-control four-wheel-drive.
Carlo Spina was annoyed when he tried to buy a magazine at the Penrith shop last night but found he didn't have enough money in his wallet, Nine News reports.
But the inconvenience almost certainly saved him from serious injury or even death.
Shocking security footage from inside the service station shows Mr Spina waiting at the counter for the credit card machine when a vehicle ploughs through the shop window, destroying everything in its path.
The car brushes past the 29-year-old, pinning him against the counter.
A shaken Mr Spina, who is set to be married in five weeks, said today he believed he would have been killed if he had found the right change.
"I'm relieved that I'm alive; happy to be here on earth," Mr Spina told Nine News.
Mr Spina's fiancée Luciana, who has been shown the video of her partner's brush with death, was shocked at the close call.
"I just ran up and gave him the biggest hug, I didn't want to let him go," she told Nine News.
The pair say their big day will now be all the more special for this stroke of luck.
The female driver says she does not know why her vehicle suddenly accelerated forward when she pulled into the bowsers.