Motorist sustains life-changing head injuries trying to stop car theft
Motorist, 63, was left with life
Motorist, 63, was left with life-changing head injuries after he was 'mowed down in the street while trying to stop a thief stealing his car as he de-iced it on his driveway'
- Stephen Bowers, 63, sustained severe head injuries after being hit by own car
- Jackson Bogart, 46, allegedly stole the vehicle while it was being de-iced
- Mr Bowers tried to chase after the Citreon but was hit by vehicle head on
- Bogart was later found by police hiding under bedding, court was told
- He denies a series of charges including causing GBH and dangerous driving
Stephen Bowers 63, was left with severe head injuries after allegedly being run over by Jackson Bogart, 46, pictured, after he 'stole his car while it was being de-iced'
A driver was left with life-changing head injuries when he was run down by a car thief who stole his Citroen while he was de-icing the windscreen, a court heard.
Jackson Bogart, 46, allegedly jumped into the front seat of Stephen Bowers' car after he left the front door open outside his home in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, and drove off from the scene.
Mr Bowers, 63, tried to head off the red vehicle by running down a cobbled lane as a shortcut, but was sent 'cartwheeling' across a road when he tried to flag it down.
The hospital medical supplies support worker suffered multiple head injuries including fractures to the skull and eye socket as well as a broken leg, bleeding to the chest and a ruptured lung. He underwent brain surgery and spent three months in hospital.
A jury at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester was told Bogart then fled the scene and sent messages to friends begging for help.
He was found by police at a nearby property hiding under bedding, the court was told.
The jury heard Bogart had been speeding at 34mph in a 20mph zone and traces of his DNA were found in the stolen car following the incident on February 15.
In the aftermath of the accident Bogart messaged a friend on WhatsApp saying: 'I need your help, I've never asked you for help, please help me'.
A further message read: 'Come on mate, it's really important. I'm in trouble, I need picking up right now mate.'
Officers examined CCTV which showed Mr Bowers standing on the left hand lane of the road with his arms outstretched only for Bogart to knock him down and send him 'cartwheeling' to the other side of a mini roundabout.
Before the car was stolen Bogart was also pictured on CCTV wandering the streets around the area.
Mr Bowers had left the engine running on his car whilst he went back inside the to fetch his lunchbox only to come out and see Bogart driving away in the Citroen.
In a statement read to the court, Mr Bowers' wife Sigrid said: 'I was in bed on my day off when I heard him say: "F***ing hell" so I went to check out what was wrong.
'The front door was open and his lunch box was on the floor and the car was missing.
'He had the car for a year, I immediately realised someone must have taken it as he would never leave the house in that way.'
She added she then went to look for him in her car and found him being tended to by a dog-walker Wade Tierney at the nearby roundabout.
Mrs Bowers added: 'He [Mr Tierney] said he was run over by a red car and he gave me the registration plate and I said that was Steven's car. His face was battered and full of blood.'
Mr Tierney told the court: 'I was out walking my dog when I heard someone shouting "woah" meaningfully. I just looked up and I saw a red car hit a gentleman running him over. He [Mr Bowers] went over the top of it and then it sped off and did not stop.'
Mr Bowers chased after the vehicle but was sent 'cartwheeling' across a street when he tried to flag it down. He sustained a fractured skull and eye socket and a ruptured lung in the crash. Bogart, left and right, was then later found by police 'hiding under bedding', the court heard
Mr Tierney added he went to check on Mr Bowers and found him bloodied around the face and head, before other bystanders came to help.
Prosecutor Darren Preston said: 'Mr Bowers was stood in the road perfectly visible to the driver for 4.9 seconds. It would have been very easy to stop if he was travelling at the speed limit. Perhaps he could have gone in the outside lane, but he did not do any of these things, he simply mowed him down.
'MR Bowers realised just before impact, this car was not going to go around him. He moved sharply to the right, the car moved slightly to the left and hits him head on.
'There was ample time for the car to stop. Had the car been travelling at the speed limit, it could have stopped 8 metres before the point of impact.'
Police found the car near Bogart's home and CCTV footage later showed him discarding his coat and Mr Bowers' car near wheelie bins.
Mr Preston added: 'Those pieces of evidence completely and utterly tie him to that vehicle on that very day.'
He also claimed the WhatsApp messages were evidence of Bogart's guilt.
He added: 'It was in those messages that he said he was in trouble, that he needed a lift and needed picking up and he would not say why.'
The court heard Bogart was putting washing out when police arrived at his home and that he ran away when he saw the officers.
Mr Preston added: 'The police chased him as they found the wet washing hanging out of the machine. On the road, police found other wet clothing as the defendant discarded it as he ran away. Ask yourself, why was he washing his clothes?
'Is there a possibility his clothing has left remnants in the car that could link him to that car? The prosecution say he was going to try and wash it all away.
'The police were looking around the area, went into an address and found the defendant in bed covered in duvets and swearing profusely as he had been running.'
He added: 'This defendant was driving that car when it hit Mr Bowers, leaving him in the road, completely unconcerned with what he did. He did everything he could to get rid of any evidence which might link him to the car.
'Whilst he accepts he took that car without permission, and he had no right to, he says his driving was not dangerous. Because of his driving, the collision occurred.
'His driving fell far below the standard of a competent and careful driving, and that dangerous driving caused the serious injuries to Mr Bowers'.
Bogart, also of Ashton-under-Lyne denies aggravated vehicle taking, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and dangerous driving.
The hearing continues.
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