Shocking moment two ‘UK tourists’ are run over and seriously hurt in Magaluf ‘by another Brit who had argued with a man after their girlfriends had a fight’
- The 29-year-old unnamed suspect was arrested yesterday after a short manhunt
A British tourist has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a horrific hit-and-run in the Majorcan party resort of Magaluf.
The holidaymaker was filmed mowing down two pedestrians, also thought to be visitors from the UK, in a hire car after an argument outside a nearby fast food restaurant on Thursday morning.
Footage published by island newspaper Ultima Hora today showed the suspect appearing to drive deliberately at a group of people stood on the pavement and knocking two men flying.
A trio of bystanders – a woman they had been chatting to and two men a couple of feet away – saw the car coming and narrowly avoided being mowed down as the vehicle approached at speed and veered towards them.
Bystanders noticed the oncoming car was speeding towards the pavement and dashed to safety
Two men were caught unawares and the car slammed into them, hurling them into the air
One of the victims was left unconscious on the pavement, and both were rushed to a private hospital in the island capital Palma.
It was not immediately clear this morning if they remained in hospital, although their injuries are not thought to be serious despite the severity of the impact.
The horror incident happened just after 4am on Thursday.
Local reports said the suspect had previously rowed with a British man whose girlfriend had got into a scrap with his partner.
He is said to have left the scene in a rage before returning minutes later behind the wheel, mounting the pavement and ramming into his victims.
It is not yet known whether the man he had argued with moments earlier was one of the two he hurt.
The holidaymaker was filmed mowing down two pedestrians, also thought to be visitors from the UK, in a hire car
One of the victims was left unconscious on the pavement, and both were rushed to a private hospital in the island capital Palma
The suspect, a 29-year-old who has not yet been named, was arrested at nearby Son Matias beach after a police manhunt.
Officers reportedly discovered he had been drinking and consumed drugs, although the Civil Guard could not be reached early this morning for comment.
In May 2019 a British woman was handed a two-year suspended jail sentence after confessing to mowing down the girlfriend of her ex outside flats in Federico Garcia Lorca Street near Magaluf’s brash Punta Ballena area.
Kemi Coaker, then 30, from Manchester, admitted running over Meghan Tattersall, then 25, from Leeds, after a plea bargain deal at a court in Majorca.
Kemi was arrested in May 2018 on suspicion of trying to kill Meghan in a hate-fuelled hit-and-run after the younger woman started dating her ex Andrew Coaker, 41, from Reading.
Kemi Coaker, from Manchester, was spared jail after admitting to the hit-and-run but ordered to stay at least 1,600 ft from her victim
Bar worker Meghan Tattersall, required surgery on her legs after the hit-and-run in the Cala Vinyes resort
She was arrested half an hour after the May 8, 2018 incident in the nearby resort of Cala Vinyes.
The victim’s injuries were initially described as serious and she took three weeks to recover from leg wounds which required surgery.
As well as receiving a two-year suspended jail sentence for a crime of wounding with a dangerous weapon, Coaker was also handed a three-year restraining order preventing her from going within 500 metres of her victim.
British tourist in critical condition after being hit by motorbike in Benidorm
A British tourist has been left fighting for his life after being hit by a motorbike in Benidorm.
The 25-year-old is said to have been crossing a road at a red light when the accident happened.
A group of friends he was with are understood to have tried to stop him and get him to wait for the pedestrian crossing light to turn green before he was hit by the high-powered bike whose rider was unable to avoid him.
The unnamed Brit was given emergency medical assistance at the scene before being airlifted to Alicante’s General University Hospital ‘with his life at serious risk’ according to local reports. He suffered multiple injuries including head injuries.
The accident happened around 5.30pm on Thursday on a road near to Benidorm’s Little England area where the speed limit is just under 20mph.
The man who was run over is believed to have been heading to the promenade at the resort’s famous Levante beach when he was hit.
The motorbike rider, a 42-year-old man whose nationality has not been made public, was also hurt although his injuries are not life-threatening.
An investigation has been launched by local police, who are trying to determine among other things whether the motorbike rider was respecting the speed limit.
Neither the police nor the hospital could be reached early this morning for an update.