Driver dies after being run over ‘with his own car as he made a delivery’

A delivery driver has died after he was knocked down by thieves who stole his vehicle, police have said.

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of robbery after officers were called to a report of a road traffic collision in Romiley, Stockport, just after 9pm on Friday.

It is believed thieves stole the delivery driver’s car before knocking him down as they drove away in it.

The victim, a 53-year-old man, was taken to hospital in a critical condition but died on Sunday afternoon, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said.

Detectives have now launched a murder investigation and are continuing to look for the silver Mercedes which they believe was stolen in the incident, on the junction of Lyme Grove and Hazel Avenue.

Police are investigating after a man was left fatally injured during a robbery. It's understood that as the victim was delivering food in Stockport, pictured, suspects jumped into his car

Police are investigating after a man was left fatally injured during a robbery. It’s understood that as the victim was delivering food in Stockport, pictured, suspects jumped into his car 

Chief Inspector Liam Boden said: ‘This is an extremely tragic case which has rocked the community and left a family utterly devastated.

‘We believe there may have been others involved in the incident and a number of lines of inquiry are continuing to be carried out in order for us to find those responsible.

‘We’re still asking the public to come forward with any information that may assist us – even the smallest bit of information can prove vital.

‘Anyone who may have seen a silver Mercedes in the area at the time or may have seen it in suspicious circumstances since is asked to get in touch – this vehicle could prove vital in our investigation.

‘We’re also keen for anyone with any CCTV or dash-cam footage to get in touch.;

Eyewitnesses spoke of their shock following the incident.

David Speed, 42, says the victim was delivering an Indian meal to his home when he saw his vehicle being taken.

Mr Speed told the Manchester Evening News that he heard the doorbell ring at the home on Hazel Avenue in Romiley before he heard the victim shout ‘no, no, no’.

The victim ran to his car and tried to stop the thieves by clinging to the passenger window.

A witness said five or six police cars arrived at the street, pictured, and an investigation is ongoing. Greater Manchester Police have issued an urgent appeal for witnesses

A witness said five or six police cars arrived at the street, pictured, and an investigation is ongoing. Greater Manchester Police have issued an urgent appeal for witnesses

Mr Speed, a builder, said: ‘I saw him running to the passenger door. He must have had the window open.

‘He grabbed hold of the car and the car reversed a little. Then it pulled out and sped off with him holding onto it.

‘They then sped off, leaving the victim in the middle of the road.’

Mr Speed said he grabbed some clothes and ran downstairs to help.

Neighbours were out on the street helping the man who was seriously injured, with a woman holding him.

He said: ‘I phoned the takeaway company and got his registration. They phoned his son.

‘He was bleeding everywhere. It was just horrible. I was just disgusted someone would do that.’ 

Anyone with information should call 0161 856 9821 or 0161 856 9790, quoting log number 2499 of 08/01/2021, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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