Gas station owner OK after being struck by pickup

October 10, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

The owner of a Mount Airy gas station was injured slightly yesterday after he ran after and was struck by a pickup truck that drove off without paying for $27 worth of gasoline.

The incident occurred at 8:24 a.m. at the Shell station south of Mount Airy on Route 27 at Lakeview Court in Frederick County, according to Maryland State Police.

The gas station owner, Kenny Kang, 36, of Ellicott City couldn't see the rear license plate of the truck and was trying to see the front plate when he was struck, said his wife, Kristine Kang, 35.

"He went to look for the plate and ... my husband thought [the driver] was going to go right - north - but suddenly he went south. After he saw my husband, he slowed down," she said.

Her husband "saw him slow down and thought he was going to stop. They had eye contact and suddenly he hit the gas. It was not an accident," she said.

A white S10 pickup truck was last seen traveling south on Route 27. No tag number was obtained.

Kristine Kang was grateful that her husband wasn't seriously injured. He was resting and sore after being X-rayed.

The couple attributed his good fortune to a prayer, she said. Although he doesn't pray regularly, "he said he prayed in the morning ... a little prayer of Mother Mary in our kitchen for safety and health."

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