Man hit by HGV after fleeing 'hammer-wielding' attacker

Updated: 

Man hit by HGV after fleeing 'hammer-wielding' attacker

A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a pedestrian was mowed down by a HGV while supposedly fleeing an attacker.

The incident, which occurred in Quarry Bank, West Midlands, saw a 26-year-old man running from a 'hammer-wielding' attacker, only to stumble into the road where he was hit by a truck.

Eyewitnesses say that the victim had been involved in an argument at the Formula 1 Hand Car Wash in the area shortly before being chased into the street and struck by the seven-tonne vehicle.

Bystanders rushed to the victim's aid but despite the best efforts of emergency services and locals, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Detective Sgt Jim Munro of West Midlands Police, said: "This collision happened at a busy time in the afternoon and I know there would have been a number of people in the area that witnessed it.

"I'm also keen to hear from anyone who has any information about the dispute the man was involved in just before the collision."

A witness who lives next door to the car wash told the Daily Mail that he saw a pick-up-truck revving its engine before driving down an alleyway and forcing the victim out onto the road.

The man, who did not want to be named, told the Daily Mail: "I saw a man in a Ford Ranger pick-up truck chasing the man who died at about 3.20pm yesterday.

"The Ranger chased him and I saw the man run - then I heard a loud thud. It then reversed away like a bat out of hell on the dual carriageway. He was angry, he wanted to get hold of that man.

"As soon as I heard the thud I ran out, my partner ran over to the man to check his pulse but he was dead. It was a steel lorry - he had no chance, even though he was only going at about 30mph."

In a conflicting report, another unnamed local resident, said: "Apparently there was one bloke running after another man with a hammer in his hand.

"We don't know what was said between the pair but it's certainly ended in real tragedy."