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Ice cream truck stolen, crashed into fire hydrant

Sends geyser spewing over Logan Heights
Posted at 11:34 PM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 02:34:58-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- An ice cream truck was stolen and crashed in Logan Heights Monday night, leading to a massive geyser in the neighborhood. 

The driver crashed into a fire hydrant near the intersection of 30th Street and National Avenue. 
 
“So I just heard a big noise, so I just run outside," said Moises Aguilar. 

The 16-year-old ran out of his house when he heard the crash, shooting video of the geyser before officials were able to turn off the water. 

The family who owns the ice cream truck says it’s their way of life.

Yul Patino heard the crash too. But for him, it meant something else. The ice cream truck is his. 

It was parked in his driveway as he was getting ready to make deliveries at the Boys and Girls Club with his daughter, Kymberly.

Patino was gone no more than two minutes, but that was just enough time for a woman to steal it. 

He says after the crash she tried to run away, but he closed the door to the vehicle. Aguilar helped, holding the door shut. The pair kept her trapped in the stolen truck until police arrived.

With the family business crashed, Kymberly says she is worried for her family.

“It’s just hard, because we live on this," she said. "My concern is that the money that (my dad) raises and earns is what’s going to be our food and our education.”

As police arrested the woman, Kymblery consoled her father, who hopes the freezer inside wasn't to damaged by the crash. 

“I just hugged him and said it’s all going to be ok," she said.