A grandfather in England was left with “life-changing” injuries after being run over by his own vehicle while attempting to stop a carjacking outside of his home.
Reginald Stocking, a 78-year-old man from West Bromwich, had reportedly just dropped his wife off at their house when the attack occurred. Stocking’s son, David, told reporters that police believe his father attempted to thwart the theft before being run over.
“My dad was parked up, he dropped my mum off and then he drove round, parked at the end of the driveway, opened the gate and he got jumped,” David, 47, told the Birmingham Mail. “They nicked his car, we don’t know whether he got beat up or run over.”
West Midlands Police reportedly said Stocking was knocked backwards as the car hit him. The force of the collision threw him against a wall and he then landed in the middle of the street unconscious.
The incident left Stocking's eye sockets broken and skull chipped. He was subsequently rushed to the hospital and treated for injuries that included bleeding in his brain, and the family was informed that the bleed could be “life-changing.”
“You hear it on the news all the while but you don’t think it’s going to happen to your own family, and not just for a car,” David said. “I don’t think I’d have words for who did this – it’d just be actions.”
Stocking is currently recovering in the hospital, where family said he is awake and alert but “can’t remember a thing.” Police are investigating the incident and began a search to locate the car and the person who stole it.
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