In summary

  • The suspect was driving the white-coloured vehicle with the registration number KCY 856U and had filled his tank with fuel worth Ksh3,300
  • He then sped off leaving Wambui sprawling on the floor as her colleagues frantically attempted to chase after the vehicle

Police on Monday, April 24 launched a manhunt for a driver who on Sunday, April 23 injured a petrol station attendant in Gitaru, Kikuyu by running over her in a bid escape with unpaid bills.

A CCTV footage released by the petrol station shows Leah Wambui had finished cleaning the windscreen of the Toyota Vitz, whose driver accelerated away just as she was walking to the driver’s side to confirm payment of the fuel.

The suspect was driving the white-coloured vehicle with the registration number KCY 856U and had filled his tank with fuel worth Ksh3,300.

He then sped off leaving Wambui sprawling on the floor as her colleagues frantically attempted to chase after the vehicle.

Wambui however managed to recollect herself, looking at the driver disappear, albeit in shock.

The driver, who was on the run, also narrowly avoided colliding with a trailer as he was joining the highway.

Notorious motorist

The victim filed a report at the Kikuyu Police Station under the complaint ‘obtaining credit injury’. The incident happened at 2 am on Sunday.

Whistleblowers compelled the National Police Service (NPS) to move with speed and arrest the victim, which they believed would be made easier by tracking him as the vehicle’s number plate was in the public domain.

They claimed that the same motorist had committed the same offence on April 10, when he fled after consuming fuel worth Ksh3,000 at a petrol station in Sigona.

“Can’t they change the system so that customers pay first before fueling because this has become too much,” one user proposed changes to the payment system in petrol stations.

Motorists On Spotlight

In 2023, social media reports were awash with reports of drivers notorious for refuelling their cars and speeding off petrol stations without settling their bills.

On Thursday, February 9, a driver owning an Audi sedan was captured on CCTV fleeing from a Shell Petrol Station in Karen without paying the bill, the second time he was caught in the act.

By Rodgers Oduor

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