An Uber driver from Alabama is thankful she wasn’t killed after she was carjacked and nearly run over at a gas station on Cascade Road in south Fulton County.
Patricia Billingsley came face to face with a criminal who wanted her car Sunday morning, Channel 2 Action News reported.
She described him as young, maybe a teenager. He watched her as she vacuumed her car at a Shell station, she told Channel 2.
The station is one of several targeted in carjacking crimes last year. Hired security helped decrease attacks, but Billingsley learned there is still cause for concern.
“When I opened my door, he just looked at me, slammed on the gas and drove off in reverse,” Billingsley told the news station.
She said the force knocked her to the ground and her head hit the pavement as she landed on her back.
A witness, Sojourner Marable Grimmett, watched the carjacker drive off and thought about trying to block his exit, but instead rushed to help the fallen woman.
“So by the time that I got here ... I just held her,” Grimmett told Channel 2.
Grimmett said she had stopped going to that station after the attacks and carjacking incidents last year.
Though the Uber driver lost her car and could have been seriously hurt, she said she would continue to patronize the Shell station.
“I can’t live my life in fear,” Billingsley said.
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