Police appeal after man knocked over by car in Banbury

A 23-year-old man was struck by a car when he walking in Banbury yesterday (Tuesday).
A 23-year-old man was struck by a car when he walking in Banbury yesterday (Tuesday).

Police have said a 23-year-old man is lucky to be alive after he was hit by a car in Banbury yesterday (Tuesday).

Between about 4.15pm and 4.30pm the victim was walking along the path outside St Francis Church in Highlands when he heard a car travelling at speed behind him.

He turned around and noticed a green turquoise coloured car coming towards him. The car mounted the pavement and struck the victim’s legs, throwing him into the road and the offender got out of the vehicle and started shouting at the victim.

The victim then got up and ran off, with the offender pursuing him on foot untill the victim managed to escape.

The offender is a white man in his early twenties, around 5ft 10ins tall, slim and with short brown hair and stubble. He was wearing a grey hooded top.

PC Dominic Watson, investigating officer from the response team based in Banbury, said: “I would like to hear from anybody who may have witnessed this incident or may have seen a car being driven erratically at this time.

“This was an extremely dangerous act that could have ended in a fatality. It is important that anyone who witnessed this incident comes forward so that can hold the individual responsible accountable.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.