Police ID woman killed after car hits gas pump, sparking blast

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) - Police have released the name of a woman who was killed after a vehicle crashed into a gas pump and a minivan at a Colorado Springs convenience store, triggering an explosion and fire that engulfed the woman's vehicle.
Lt. Dave Whitlock says the victim was 18-year-old Whitney Hendrickson of Colorado Springs.
Authorities say the crash occurred before 1 p.m. Tuesday at a 7-11 store.
Police say the pump caught fire after it was hit by a pickup that had in turn been struck by an SUV. Hendrickson was pumping gas when the fire erupted, and she was trapped between the pump and a
minivan.
The SUV driver, 29-year-old Kelli Renae McKay of Colorado Springs, was treated for minor injuries and released. McKay was cited with suspicion of careless driving involving a death.
A passenger in the minivan, 19-year-old Julie Podair of Wisconsin, escaped injury.
Police say the driver of the pickup, 21-year-old Noel Gebarra of Colorado Springs, also was uninjured.
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