Man dies after being run down by own car as he tried to stop it rolling away

A man died after being mowed down by his own car as it rolled away at a petrol station.

The motorist hopped out of the driver's seat of his grey Mazda CX5, to fill it up with fuel, only for it to begin forward.

Despite no one pushing down on the pedal, the vehicle was powerful enough to knock over its owner as he desperately tried to stop it.

Emergency services were called to the petrol station in Broughton Astley, Leicestershire at 3.45pm on Wednesday, LeicestershireLive reports.

Police had received a report of a man being injured at a fuel station in Main Street.

Motorists were warned to find an alternate route as a cordon was put in place between the Cosby Road and Orchard Road junctions for around seven hours.

Enquiries continued into the night as a number of officers remained at the scene.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police has now confirmed that a man died following the incident and an investigation into a collision has been launched.

Initial enquiries suggest that a car – grey Mazda CX5 – which was left unoccupied began to roll away from a fuel pump at the driver was preparing to refuel, the force said.

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In an attempt to stop the car, the driver was struck by the vehicle.

The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries and died later the same day.

Officers continue to investigate the incident and are now appealing to the public for help.

A statement from the force said: "Enquiries are continuing into the incident and anyone who may have witnessed what happened and hasn’t as yet contacted police is urged to get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting 21*522686.

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