A 21-year-old woman suffered severe burns in an accident that occurred at 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 in Kensington. The accident happened at the Sunoco station at Somerset Street and Aramingo Avenue when another driver mistook the gas pedal for the brake pedal. This led to the second car T-boning the woman's car. A gas pump then turned over and started a fire, which the woman was unable to completely avoid.
Witnesses say that a three-year-old child inside of the woman's car was rescued when a passerby kicked out a window in the car. The baby was unharmed and was reported to be with her father. The woman was taken to ICU at Temple Hospital, and no information was available about how long it may take her to recover. The victim's cousin said that she was upset that the accident happened but was relieved that she was alive.
Police say that no charges were going to be filed in the crash because it was considered an accident. The gas station was able to open on time the next morning. However, the gas pump was still on its side, and other major repairs will need to be completed.
In an auto accident case such as this one, a driver may be held liable for civil damages even if criminal charges are not filed. This may include paying medical bills that the injured party incurs or paying lost wages if the victim is forced to miss work. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help an injured party get all of the compensation to which he or she is entitled. In some cases, an attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement to resolve the case outside of court.
Source: CBS Philly , "Woman Hurt When Car Crash In Kensington Knocks Over Gas Pump, Starts Fire", September 26, 2014