Thursday 22 February 2018

Watch: Woman run over by her own Mini during horrific carjacking

Bill Gardner

A young mother was ambushed by a carjacker as she de-iced her Mini Cooper and was dragged 30 feet before being run over.

Nikki Law-Priddey, 30, left the engine running and the driver's door open while she prepared to scrape the ice off the windows.

Moments later, a man in a baseball cap sprinted towards the £16,000 car and jumped into the driver's seat before speeding off with Nikki desperately hanging onto the door.

The terrifying carjacking, which took place at 12pm last Thursday outside her home in Kitwell Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham, was captured on CCTV.

The clip shows Mrs Law-Priddey being dragged 30ft under her car as it careered off her driveway and into the road before leaving her for dead.

The carjacker is then captured on camera speeding back past the stricken woman as passers-by come to her aid.

The trained beauty therapist, who has a six-year-old daughter, yesterday released the footage of the attack on her Facebook page in a bid to track down the "scum" responsible and urged drivers to be vigilant when de-icing their cars.

She said: "The car door was open, the keys were in the ignition and it was on. My accountant phoned me, so I was on the phone.

"I opened the front door, my mum had given me a load of stuff which I was carrying into the house, so I chucked that on the stairs and as I turned around a lad has jumped in my car.

"The car wasn't insured because I was selling it that day and that's what I was panicking about. I think if it was insured I'd probably have been like 'just take the car'.

"But I'm quite a feisty person, it was just my natural instinct to jump in on top of him.

"I kept saying to him 'you're going to kill me, you're going to kill me' and he was like 'just let go of the car'.

"I could have gone under the car, because as I slipped out, I was hanging on and if my body had gone under he would have rode over my legs and broken my legs.

"Never in a million years did I think this would happen to me especially in broad daylight on my own drive."

Mrs Law-Priddey was left with a broken index finger on her right hand, which means she is unable to work for weeks, as well as bruising to her legs and back.

West Midlands Police confirmed a 25-year-old man from Weoley Castle, Birmingham, was arrested on suspicion of robbery on Tuesday and has been bailed until March.

A spokesperson said the Mini was recovered a day after it was stolen on Friday outside a unit four miles away in Old Hill, West Mids.

A force spokesman said: "The 30-year-old victim was left with a fractured finger and bruising to her back and legs after attempting to prevent the car from being stolen."

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