Man arrested after victim struck by a car at high speed

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A man has been arrested after an incident at a car park in Bolton during which a man was struck by a car driving at speed.

The 32-year-old man suffered severe fractures to his legs, body and face following the assault, which took place at about 11.40pm on Friday 5 July 2014 in the car park of McDonald’s, China Gardens, Debry Street, Bolton.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision and failing to report a road traffic collision. He remains in police custody for questioning.

It is believed the victim, who was with a group of his friends, became embroiled in a verbal confrontation with another group who were also at the restaurant.

Eventually, the second group split up in two separate cars, one of which drove off while the other drove at speed and struck the victim, causing him to suffer his injuries. He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries and remains in a serious but stable condition. The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Neither car stopped at the scene following the incident.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to the assault and will be seizing CCTV in the coming days.

Detective Inspector Sarah May said: “At this stage, our investigation is focused on establishing exactly what sparked this confrontation and the exact details of what led up to this man being struck by a moving car and suffering a number of fractures to his face and body.

“He is currently receiving treatment in hospital and although his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening clearly he has suffered numerous serious injuries so we need to understand exactly what has happened and why.

“We are also investigating the possibility racist remarks were made during the argument.

“I would appeal to anyone who has information to come forward. We will be reviewing CCTV in the coming days but I would still encourage anyone who has information to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5595 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.