- Driver in a silver Mazda was apparently stealing petrol from a station
- An employee noticed him filling up empty barrels with stolen fuel
- Motorist drove into her when she went into the forecourt to investigate
- Shocking moment was captured on a CCTV camera in the forecourt
Stephanie Linning for MailOnline
This CCTV footage captures the shocking moment a petrol station worker was mowed down by a driver as he fled without paying for fuel.
Michelle Carr, 46, was thrown over the bonnet as she tried to stop the motorist from leaving the Jet service station in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, yesterday afternoon.
The driver had reportedly been filling up empty petrol barrels with fuel and drove into Ms Carr as she approached his silver Mazda in the forecourt to confront him.
Petrol station manager Debi Beardshall said Ms Carr was left bruised and in pain following the incident but suffered no serious injuries.
Footage of the incident shows the driver, who has not been named, turning wildly into the petrol station and pulling up at a pump.
He picks up the fuel nozzle and spends several minutes apparently filling up his car. However Ms Carr spotted drums at the back of the vehicle and said the driver had been filling those up instead, Ms Beardshall said.
Apparently noticing Ms Carr leaving the shop, the driver quickly returns to the front seat and puts his foot down on the accelerator.
Ms Carr continues towards the car but the motorist does not slow, ploughing straight into the petrol station employee.
Ms Carr instinctively holds up her hands and strikes the bonnet of the car before being rolled off and on to the ground.
A driver is seen standing by his silver Mazda, allegedly filling up empty barrels with petrol
Petrol station worker Michelle Carr, seen left, approaches the driver to confront him
The motorist drives towards Ms Carr, who instinctively holds out her hands in front
Ms Beardshall said she believed this saved her friend from being dragged underneath the car.
She said: ‘I was on holiday yesterday but as soon as I heard what happened to Michelle, I had come and see if she was okay.
‘If I had been there, I would have told her to have not gone out to the car but you never expect someone to try and run you over.
‘She could see he had drums in his back and had been filling them up with petrol rather than the car.
Ms Carr is struck by the Maza and thrown on to the bonnet as the driver continues ahead
The motorist pulls out of the forecourt, sending Ms Carr tumbling on to the floor
Ms Carr, pictured bottom right, was left bruised and sore but with no serious injuries
‘He could have reversed and got away but he decided to go straight through her. Michelle is still in shock from it all.
‘I think she keeps wondering what could have happened. If she had not put her hands up, she could have been dragged underneath the car.’
The footage, which was posted on Facebook, has been viewed nearly 100,000 times by shocked users in an attempt to find the culprit.
The incident has been reported to South Yorkshire Police who are investigating.
Published at Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:58:34 +0000