Woman 'knocked down in hit and run then forced into car by driver'

A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after an alleged deliberate hit-and-run after a row.

An eyewitness claimed he saw a man deliberately drive at the victim before forcing her into the foot well of the passenger seat, then drove off at around 70mph.

Police were called to the scene in Sutton, south London, just after 9pm on Monday to reports of a woman being forced into a car following an altercation with a man. London Ambulance Service later revealed a woman – believed to be the same person – had been taken to hospital from an address close to the scene of the incident.

Met Police said she remains in hospital in a ‘potentially life-changing’ condition and the pair are believed to be known to each other.

Dave Wightwick, landlord of the Harvest Home close to the scene, said he saw a man and a woman arguing before the perpetrator allegedly drove at her.

He said: ‘There were a couple of women standing outside and I was working behind the bar and I went out to the situation as quickly as I could.

‘I saw enough to see it wasn’t very nice.’

Mr Wightwick said his customers had seen the dark-coloured BMW 5 series being deliberately driven at the woman.

‘We think they (the man and woman) had come from the BP garage up the road and they were arguing,’ he added. ‘I think they were known to each other, it looks like a domestic thing.’

He claimed he saw the man attempt to shove her in the car and rushed over, adding: ‘I went running across the road to try and get a picture of his registration number but he took off at a rate of knots.

Mr Wightwick said a woman closer to the vehicle had tried to stop the man but he had pushed her out of the way.

The Met Police said in a statement: ‘It is believed the individuals were known to each other. Inquiries continue and no arrests have been made.’

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