A 54-YEAR-OLD man is in hospital in a critical condition after being hit by his own stolen van and carried a ‘considerable distance’ in Cardiff.
North Road and Laytonia Avenue in the Cathays area was closed for more than nine hours while police investigated the incident which took place on Tuesday, March 28.
It is believed that the delivery van was stolen from the street as the driver delivered parcels. The man was then carried by the van before it stopped near Cathays High School, 0.6 miles away.
South Wales Police previously said the incident involved a vehicle and a pedestrian. They also said that a white van had been seized for examination from the scene by a specialist recovery team.
A 39-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident.
Detective Chief Inspector, Matt Powell, said: “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.”
He also thanked motorists and the community for their patience while necessary examinations were carried out.
He continued: “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.
“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 [email protected], on their website, or via social media.