“An impressive, macabre scene” – man who saw policeman dragged and squashed
A worker who this morning witnessed Police constable Simon Schembri being dragged and squashed under a car at Luqa said he remained impressed with the macabre scene he saw, and although he tried to give first aid, he was close to fainting with what he saw.
The witness, who wishes to retain anonymity, told TVM that they had just started their day’s work this morning, and after about half an hour they heard the sound of heavy braking and went outside. “We saw a car skidding and moving from the rear end, and it hit the pavement. When we saw it hit the pavement, a person who was the policeman emerged from underneath the car. At that point I was not aware he was a policeman,” witness stated.
Witness added that he ran towards him to offer first assistance, and by the time he got to the policeman, he had pressed the emergency number on his mobile. “By the time I got to the policeman, his hand was literally without any flesh on it. The crash helmet had been badly damaged after being dragged for a distance under the car. The policeman was losing a lot of blood from his back, his thigh and his legs.”
The witness further stated that when the car, which was moving at an exaggerated speed, turned it ran over the policeman again with the rear wheel.
“A truly macabre scene, which is very impressive,” witness added. “Meanwhile, I tried to give first aid to the policeman, but I was very close to fainting. A number of people had gathered round by then.”
Asked where the policeman had been when the accident occurred, before the driver turned, witness stated that the policeman had been stuck to the car’s running board.
“When we went out to check on the whereabouts of the policeman’s motorcycle, we saw splashes of blood where the policeman’s hand had lost its flesh on the ground, as a result of his being dragged on the ground,” the witness said.
Witness did not realise immediately that the victim was a policeman. “I found out he was a policeman as his clothing was torn and he had Pulizija written across his chest, and part of it was still visible. In fact I got through to Emergency and told them to send someone quickly, and that the victim was a traffic policeman.”
The witness says he remained impressed with the scene. “This was a big shock for me. I was impressed, and will remember it for as long as I live. Macabre…no one deserves something like that.”