Son pleaded ‘don’t let my dad die’ after man tragically run over by own car
A son pleaded “don’t let my dad die” after a man was tragically run over by his own car as it rolled downhill.
CCTV shows the unnamed victim, 69, helping his son, believed to be aged 25, and their pet dog into a white Kia Sportage on Saturday.
The man opens the boot to put the dog in the car and, as the second person gets in, the motor begins to roll backwards downhill.
He can be seen attempting to stop the car from rolling but tragically falls under the weight of it before being crushed to death.
The man is believed to have travelled from Manchester to visit Seven Acres Country Park in Bolton for a walk.
Horrified residents rushed out into the street to try to help the victim but he was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The man’s son, thought to be autistic, was seen to be comforted by neighbours as he begged: “Please don’t let my dad die.”
Local resident Lee Houghton, 54, said he was unable to sleep last night after the horrific incident happened.
“It has shocked me. I have had to download the CCTV and give it to the police,” he said.
“I was downstairs getting ready to watch the football and didn’t know anything about it.
“If I had seen him, I’d have shouted at him to just let it roll, let it hit my house.
“It’s only bricks and mortar, I wish he’d have just let it go and he’d still be here with us.”
Lee said neighbours were alerted to the son’s cries for help as the car rolled backwards.
He added: “My next door neighbour heard the lad screaming ‘dad’ and ‘help’.
“He got out of the car shouting ‘I didn’t touch the handbrake’.
“Because he’s from Manchester and his mum doesn’t drive, his carers had to come for him.
“He sat with my neighbours and he begged them ‘don’t let my dad die’.
“A neighbour called the ambulance and the emergency services came to the street, but there was nothing that could be done for him.
“I think they knew instantly.
“It’s just so sad, so tragic. I’m still in shock now. I just wish he’d let it roll, but I guess it’s just instinct.
“You do whatever you can to protect your kids. He had no chance once it started rolling.
“My sister rang me to say there was a commotion on the street.
“I came out and a paramedic said to go back inside, you don’t want to see this, it’s gruesome.”
Greater Manchester Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened at around 2.20pm at the junction of Crompton Way and Crompton Vale in the town.
Sergeant Philip Shaw said: “This appears to be a tragic accident and our thoughts are with this man’s family at this terribly difficult time for them.
“It remains important that we conduct an investigation into the circumstances of this incident to make sure the family have answers to why this happened.
“We encourage anyone who witnessed the incident, saw the car prior to the man’s return to it, or has any information that may assist our inquiries to get in touch.”