Woman flees gas pump crash scene

March 5, 2009 3:39:04 PM PST
A gas pump is missing from a gas station after an encounter with a car early this morning and it was all caputured on survellience which also shows a driver before she took off. "I heard a loud boom; it sounds like a truck going over a set of tracks," cashier Tanya Cordero said.

What Tanya heard was the sound of a tan Honda with Delaware plates slamming into a gasoline dispenser.

The incident happened at 12:20 a.m. Thursday morning and was captured on the Sunoco station's cameras.

The cameras show the driver of the Honda parking, then walking up to Tanya Cordero's window.

"She was standing there and saying 'everything's okay, the pump's okay,' and I'm like, 'no, it's not, what are you talking about?'" Cordero said.

Cordero cut electric power to the pump, but a fire burned for several minutes. About 7 minutes later, Philadelphia firefighters arrived and quickly doused the flames.

Rose McKernan, manager of the Port Richmond gas station, says she has seen drivers pulling off with the hose and nozzle in tow, but this was a first.

"I've worked here almost 14 years?nothing like this, never," McKernan said.

Contractors came today to seal off the charged dispenser until a new one is installed.

They cost about $15,000.

Police do have a tag number on the car.

If they find the woman who took out the pump, she could be charged with vandalism or leaving the scene of an accident.

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