Pedestrian inches from death after street race goes wrong

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CCTV has captured the heart-stopping moment a pedestrian was forced to dive for safety after a suspected illegal street race went badly wrong in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

The shocking video shows the moment a 21-year-old driver allegedly lost control of his Volkswagen Golf while racing at speeds of up to 70mph in a street that is limited to 30mph.


According to West Yorkshire Police, a second driver, also behind the wheel of a VW Golf, received minor injuries to his shoulder after becoming tangled in railings near a pedestrian crossing.

The CCTV footage shows a man running along the pavement while an out of control vehicle begins mounting the kerb at speed behind him.

The unnamed man in the video then has to leap out of the way, the car clipping his legs before he dives onto the road. A people carrier travelling towards the T-junction has to slam on its brakes to avoid hitting the stricken pedestrian.

Luckily, the man appears to get to his feet and brush the incident off without injury.

West Yorkshire Police told The Sun: "Shortly after midnight this morning (May 2) emergency services were called to a road traffic collision in Roundhay Road, near to the junction with Lowther Street.

"The incident involved two cars, both Volkswagen Golfs, which had lost control while travelling in the same direction away from the city centre.

"One car was in a collision with railings around a pedestrian crossing, causing significant damage. The driver, a 20-year-old man, received minor injuries to his shoulder.

"The other car continued further along the road and collided with a central island and overturned, narrowly missing a pedestrian at the junction with Ellers Grove. The driver of that car, a 21-year-old man, was uninjured.

"The road was closed until shortly after 3am while both vehicles were recovered and the scene cleared."

Police are still investigating the incident and anyone who witnessed the crash or the circumstances leading up to it is asked to contact officers via 101 quoting log number 0012 of May 2.