‘I do things differently’ after attack

2016-02-16 06:00
A woman says the intersection of Merrydale Avenue and Morgenster Road is where she was attacked by a would-be hijacker. PHOTO: Samantha lee

A woman says the intersection of Merrydale Avenue and Morgenster Road is where she was attacked by a would-be hijacker. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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An incident that could have cost her life put her off driving for several months.

It started off like any other day in September. She travelled her usual route to and from errands. She had driven the same route every day, confidently and without any concerns.

“I never thought it would happen to me,” she says.

The woman has asked to remain anonymous due to safety concerns.

“I took my mom to Woodlands to pick up her van. It was a little after 21:00,” she says.

Without waiting, she left for home, taking Morgenster Road.

“As the robot turned red at the Merrydale Avenue intersection I slowed down to stop when I noticed a man doing a slow jog across the road. The next thing I know my car door opened,” she explains.

There were no other cars at the intersection at the time of the attack.

She suspects the man jogging was an attempt to distract her while another attempted to hijack her.

“The man tried to pull me out of the car, but my seat belt was buckled.

“I remember fighting back. I hit him, scratched him and bit his face. He was swearing at me and saying the most foul things to me.”

She says she did not realise how serious the situation was until she was hit on the head.

“He took a gun out from the front of his pants and hit me on my head with it. I didn’t know he was armed. My foot was on the clutch and the car was in first gear. I took off and drove with an open door,” she says.

At home she did not get out but hooted for her husband to come out. Her husband then got into the car and drove to the spot.

“My husband saw two men and a woman who ran through the lane toward Lentegeur when they saw the car,” she says.

“My neck was scratched and my clothing was torn,” she says. She suffered a concussion, swollen eyes and scratches. The would-be hijacker did not make off with anything.

She says there are several things she would do differently now.

“Look in your mirrors, because I didn’t. Also I will lock my car doors. Be vigilant and don’t get distracted,” she says.

She did not report the crime.

“I ended up selling my car because I did not want to drive anymore. But I am now back on the road.

“I chose not to report the incident because I was robbed a few years back and I did not get my stuff back, so I don’t see a point in reporting it. The man also did not make off with anything.”

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