Driver ‘ploughs into woman, throws her in car and speeds off’

A driver was reportedly seen hitting a woman with his car, throwing her in the front seat and speeding away.

Witnesses at the scene in Sutton, London have described the shocking scene after a couple seemed to have an argument outside a BP petrol station on Beddington Lane.

"It escalated into a row, she started walking up the road and he followed her in his car. Things seemed to get out of hand and he drove the car into her virtually right outside the pub," a man told the Sutton Guardian.

"The guy picked her up and threw her as hard as he could into the front seat and sped off at about 70mph.

"A woman tried to stop him, but he was powerfully built, around 6 foot 1, but he just pushed her out of the way."

A worker at Motorsport London told the Sutton Guardian: "There was a couple arguing. She got on the bonnet of his car and refused to move.

"So then he just drove and ran her over with his car. Then he picked her up, put her in the car and drove off."

Metropolitan Police have now issued a statement saying they received reports of concern for the safety of a woman on Beddington Lane at 9:09pm last night.

"It was reported that a man and a woman were seen having an altercation before the woman was forced into the car.

"Officers were later notified by the London Ambulance Service that a woman, believed to be the same individual, had been taken to hospital from a nearby address.

"She currently remains in hospital in a potentially life changing condition.

"It is believed the individuals were known to each other. Enquiries continue; no arrests have been made."

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Beddington Lane has been cordoned off and there is a police presence at the scene.

TfL tweeted: "Bus routes 455 and 463 are on diversion due to a road traffic collision at Beddington Lane. Buses are diverted in both directions via Croydon Road, Purley Way and Beddington Farm Road."

London commuters have taken to Twitter to complain about the morning traffic.

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