‘Gas and dash’ death spurs bid to better protect gas station workers

Photo by Tim Fraser

ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY, TIM APPLEBY, KIM MACKRAEL

Sept. 18, 2012 – Globe and Mail

As the pale SUV careered out of the gas station on Saturday night, Jayesh Prajapati went dashing after it.

The attendant ran out of the northwest Toronto station’s convenience store and almost into the path of the vehicle, trying to stop a driver making a run for it without paying for gas. From Ann Lapenna’s sixth-floor balcony, it looked like Mr. Prajapati grabbed the tailgate as the car sped up and screeched off.

But it was clear within moments that he couldn’t get loose. The speeding SUV dragged the man along the pavement for more than half a block. It took the bump from a pair of defunct streetcar tracks to knock him free.

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