Grieving man crushed during theft

Published Wednesday, 11 December 2013
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A Dungiven man, who was visiting the wake house for his father-in-law, was left with severe injuries after he was crushed between two cars as he tried to stop thieves making off with a computer.

Thieves broke into the man's lorry in the Burnfoot area of Donegal on Monday night.

The man, who was attending the wake of his wife's father, heard a loud bang and when he went to investigate saw a man making off with his laptop computer.

He gave chase to the individual who attempted to make an escape in a nearby getaway car.

The man, in an attempt to halt the thieves, jumped on to the car.

He was carried for a distance before the car hit another vehicle, crushing the man and leaving him badly injured. The father of six children sustained serious injuries to his legs, ribs and pelvis.

Mayor of Buncrana, Peter McLaughlin was driving past the scene and witnessed the incident.

He said: "I saw the man hanging on to the car and heard a lot of shouting.

"He had grabbed a hold of the steering wheel and was in the precarious position of having to either hold on or let go, which were both very dangerous.

This man was just looking to retrieve what was rightfully his - I think anyone would do the same.

Mayor of Buncrana, Peter McLaughlin

"The car passed me and hit the car behind me and he was crushed between the two."

He continued: "He was left badly injured with two broken legs and spent over six hours in the operating theatre in hospital.

"These people were opportunists. They set out to steal and were prepared to do anything to escape.

"And if it meant driving that man down, they didn't care they were just looking to get away.

"Luckily there was a nurse in the house and she was able to attend to him until the ambulance arrived."

The getaway car was described as a silver A class Mercedes with a Northern Ireland registration plate. On Tuesday night, it was found burnt out in the Steelstown area of Derry.

He added: "This car was driving erratically either into Muff or in the Derry direction and people must have seen it and it is important they contact police."

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