CCTV Catches Horrendous Hit-and-Run
Posted on 23rd Aug 2012 @ 12:41 PM
When a crime is committed, it is important for everyone involved that you have evidence of the crime so that the authorities can take the best approach to responding. In this case, CCTV security surveillance provided the evidence of a terrible hit-and-run incident that could have killed a man.
After being struck by an oncoming vehicle, a man is now fighting for his life in the hospital.
The 28-year-old victim hanged onto the car for dear life as the vehicle kept driving. He held on for nearly 50 yards before being flung off the car. According to the police, there is a possibility that the driver was purposefully targeting the victim when he hit him.
Detectives and other law enforcement are currently hunting the driver of a silver Vauxhall Corsa after it drove into the victim and three of the victim’s friends while driving the wrong way down a one-way street, John Dalton Street, in Manchester city centre.
It can be clearly seen on the recorded CCTV security surveillance footage that the car was being driven down the wrong way of a one-way street before it smashed into the group of men.
A senior police chief said that the collision was “horrendous,” and the victim is currently in critical condition facing some serious head injuries.
A second man, aged 30, broke his leg and a third suffered minor cuts and bruises. The fourth man escaped without injury.
Police said the argument between two groups of men happened earlier outside lapdancing club Silks Gentlemen’s Lounge on nearby Lloyd Street.
The car hit the men close to Vertigo restaurant at around 2.30am yesterday.
Supt Stuart Ellison said: “We cannot discount the fact that this was a deliberate attempt to mow down the group of men as they crossed the road. The Corsa is travelling at some speed and ploughs into the group.” It is not known whether the Corsa had been reported stolen or how many people were inside.
Police are working to enhance the CCTV footage and appealed to garages and mechanics to come forward if they are asked to work on a damaged vehicle of similar description.
Supt Ellison added: “At this moment in time, we cannot rule out that this was a deliberate act and we are keen for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to get in touch. We would also appeal to those in the car to come forward.” The men were walking together opposite Albert Square towards Cross Street and were about to cross John Dalton Street.
The Corsa is thought to have been driven down Portland Street and on to one-way Princess Street then on to John Dalton Street.
Footage from central Manchester’s bank of CCTV cameras is being studied to build up a picture of the car’s movements before and after the incident.
Police believe it turned left on to Deansgate afterwards.
Supt Ellison said: “If you saw a silver Vauxhall Corsa speeding away from the John Dalton Street area in the early hours please contact us. Any information you have, no matter how insignificant you may think it is, could be vital for this investigation and we are keen to hear from you. The footage we have shows the vehicle moving at speed and accelerating into the group. One man is in a very critical situation.”