Driver fighting for lifafter being hit and carried along by stolen van

A delivery driver is fighting for life in hospital after being ran over by his own van when it was reportedly stolen.

The 54-year-old man was carried a “considerable distance” down a major road and left in hospital following the incident which happened in the Cathays area of Cardiff, Wales, on Tuesday. 

North Road in Cardiff was closed in both directions for more than nine hours while police dealt with the incident, causing severe delays across the city. Laytonia Avenue was also closed and it has now emerged that the van was stolen from the street as the driver delivered parcels, reports Wales Online. 

He was then reportedly carried by the vehicle before it came to a stop 0.6 miles away near Cathays High School.

South Wales Police had previously said the incident involved a vehicle and a pedestrian and a white van had been seized for examination from the scene by a specialist recovery team. They have now shared more details about the incident including that a 39-year-old man has been arrested.

Detective chief inspector Matt Powell said on Wednesday: “At 12.49pm yesterday South Wales Police received a report of a driver failing to stop at a road traffic collision on North Road, Cardiff. We can now confirm that the van was a delivery vehicle stolen from nearby Laytonia Avenue while the victim was delivering parcels in the street.

“During the theft it is believed the van collided with the owner who has then been carried by the vehicle for a considerable distance until it came to a halt on North Road. This is a shocking incident and our thoughts are with the victim’s family who continue to be supported by specialist officers.”

The officer said that motorists and the local community were thanked for their patience and understanding while essential examinations were conducted and that house to house and CCTV inquiries were continuing.

“I would like to thank everyone who stopped to try to help the victim and who have contacted us so far with crucial information. While one man has been arrested we are still very much appealing for information and witnesses,” added DCI Powell.

“In particular we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed or has footage of a white Renault Trafic van being driven in the area of Laytonia Avenue and North Road between 12.45pm and 12.50pm on Tuesday, March 28.”

Witnesses or anyone with information can contact police quoting occurrence 2300099389. Police can either be contacted via 101, by email at swp1[email protected], on their website, or via social media.

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