04-23-2007, 06:59 PM #1
Shoe Fits Driver After Alleged Crash
HOLIDAY, Fla. - A Cinderella story it isn't. There is a mysterious shoe and a fitting to find its rightful owner. There's even a wedding. But, at least for the shoe's alleged owner, there is no happily ever after.
The story begins at 1:34 a.m. about 100 miles west of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom when a Ford van plowed into the bathroom of a house in suburban Holiday. Residents Sandy McCombie and her fiance Michael Toth watched the van's driver flee across their front lawn _ leaving a shoe behind.
The Florida Highway Patrol was investigating the crash about an hour later when 43-year-old John Glen Aquista of Holiday walked up to the scene.
The Pasco County man was bloody, wearing boxer shorts and, most importantly, shoeless. His injuries looked a lot like he smashed his face into a steering wheel, investigators said. Aquista "denied any involvement in the traffic crash," a Florida Highway Patrol report said. The van wasn't his, but it was registered to the address where he lived, the FHP said.
When a trooper asked him to slip on the wayward shoe, "it was a perfect fit," the FHP said.
Aquista was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage and driving without a valid license. He was being held in the Pasco County jail on $1,250 bond Monday, jail records show. It was not clear if he had an attorney.
McCombie, 46, and Toth, 39, plan to get married on Friday
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