A driver has described the terrifying moment he was forced to jump onto the bonnet of a car that accelerated towards him following a fender bender south-east of Perth.
Martin Wani, 46, was lucky to escape serious injury today after clinging to the bonnet of the other car for up to 50 metres after the alleged hit and run crash about 5.45am in Orange Grove.
Police say the victim’s white Toyota Corolla station wagon was rear-ended by a vehicle, believed to be a dark blue or green hatchback.
But when Mr Wani pulled over to the median strip so he could exchange details with the driver of the other vehicle who had stopped in the emergency lane, police say the other driver attempted to speed away.
“I pull over to the right hand side and went to exchange details but he came out swearing at me,” Mr Wani said. “I went back to get my phone to and I saw him reversing to run away.”
“He drove with speed and I was just hanging there. He adjusted his wheel two times and left me to roll onto the street. I am lucky because there was another car coming.”
Police allege the other car accelerated directly at Mr Wani, forcing him to jump onto the bonnet of the moving car to avoid being run over.
The father-of-two admitted he thought he was going to die and said it was especially distressing the accused man had verbally abused him with a racial slur.
“I was upset … we are all equal we all have the same blood and it shouldn’t happen here — we are in a good place,” he said.
Mr Wani was taken by ambulance to Armadale Hospital where he was treated for cuts and bruises.
Traffic enforcement officers would like to speak to anyone who saw the incident or the two vehicles involved in the area prior to the crash.
Anyone with information or dash-cam can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.