Terrified man screams for help as he clings to the windscreen of his van while ‘vanjackers’ speed away – before he is thrown off and left fighting for life
- A robber made off with a Transit van while its owner clung to the bonnet for life
- The terrified workman was heard screaming for help before being thrown off
- Paramedics rushed to the scene and the man was taken to a major trauma centre
- Coventry Police are searching for the stolen van and those responsible
A man is fighting for his life after being thrown from the bonnet of his speeding van by a carjacker in Stoke.
Footage recorded by a shocked passersby shows the victim clinging to the Ford Transit windscreen screaming for help before it races around a corner – leaving the terrified man with ‘life-threatening’ injuries.
Paramedics rushed him to a major trauma centre in Coventry, while the robber fled the scene.
The terrified workman in Stoke was left clinging to the bonnet of his Transit by robbers before being thrown off and left with ‘life-threatening’ injuries. He remains in a major trauma centre
The heart-stopping incident took place at 1pm in front of stunned witnesses, including one who posted the clip on to Facebook, which has since been viewed 330,000 times.
West Midlands Police said: ‘Officers were called to the junction of Caludon Road and Swan Lane just before 1pm to reports that a man was hanging from the windscreen of the white Transit.
‘The vehicle made off, leaving the injured man on the ground; his condition in hospital is said to be life-threatening.
‘The investigation is at an early stage and enquiries are underway to trace the van and the people responsible.’
The heart-stopping incident took place at 1pm in front of stunned witnesses, including one who posted the clip on to Facebook, which has since been viewed 330,000 times
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘An ambulance was on scene within five minutes and was backed up by a further ambulance, a paramedic officer and The Air Ambulance Service critical care car with a doctor on board.
‘On arrival, ambulance staff found a man who had suffered very serious injuries.
‘He received advanced clinical care at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital in Coventry in a critical condition.’
Viewers on Facebook were quick to pay tribute to the man who remains in hospital, with one commenting: ‘Hope he recovers, disgusting act of cowardice.’
While another said: ‘The lad was being hijacked for his van. He was protecting his property and is now in a critical condition.’