Heartbroken son, 25, begged 'don't let my dad die' after dog walker, 69, run over by own car
A HEARTBROKEN son, 25, begged "don't let my dad die" after a dog walker was run over by his own car in a tragic accident.
The lad's father, 69, was crushed by his Kia Sportage as the pair returned from a walk with the family dog.
The man was standing behind the vehicle when it began to roll downhill in a cul-de-sac in Bolton at the weekend.
CCTV from a nearby house captured the horror.
The footage shows the unnamed man opening the boot of the car to put the dog in.
Then, as his son got in the vehicle, the motor began to roll backwards.
The man can be seen trying to stop the car from rolling – but is knocked down and dragged underneath.
He is believed to have travelled from Greater Manchester to visit Seven Acres Country Park in Bolton.
Horrified residents rushed out into the street to try to help the victim. However, he was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The man's son, who is understood to have a learning need, was comforted by neighbours as he begged: "Please don't let my dad die."
Local resident Lee Houghton, 54, said he was unable to sleep after the horrific incident.
"It has shocked me. I have had to download the CCTV and give it to the police," he said.
"I was downstairs getting ready to watch the football and didn't know anything about it.
"If I had seen him, I'd have shouted at him to just let it roll, let it hit my house.
"It's only bricks and mortar.
"I wish he'd have just let it go and he'd still be here with us."
Lee said neighbours were alerted to the son's cries for help as the car rolled backwards.
He added: "My next door neighbour heard the lad screaming 'dad' and 'help'.
"He got out of the car shouting, 'I didn't touch the handbrake'.
"Because he's from Manchester and his mum doesn't drive, his carers had to come for him.
LAD BEGGED FOR HELP TO SAVE DAD
"He sat with my neighbours and he begged them, 'Don't let my dad die'.
"A neighbour called the ambulance and the emergency services came to the street, but there was nothing that could be done for him.
"I think they knew instantly.
"It's just so sad, so tragic. I'm still in shock now. I just wish he'd let it roll, but I guess it's just instinct.
"You do whatever you can to protect your kids. He had no chance once it started rolling."
He added: "I haven't been able to sleep since. It is horrific."
Greater Manchester Police are now calling for witnesses to the incident to come forward.
The tragedy happened on Saturday at around 2.20pm at the junction of Crompton Way and Crompton Vale.
Sergeant Philip Shaw said: "This appears to be a tragic accident and our thoughts are with this man's family at this terribly difficult time for them.
"It remains important that we conduct an investigation into the circumstances of this incident to make sure the family have answers to why this happened.
"We encourage anyone who witnessed the incident, saw the car prior to the man's return to it, or has any information that may assist our inquiries to get in touch."
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4741.
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