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VIDEO: Roswell man jumps onto fleeing driver's hood: Tried to stop hit-and-run car


April 23, 2013


ROSWELL, Ga. – A Roswell man took drastic measures to catch a driver who hit his car April 14 by clinging to the hood as he drove away.

The victim told police he was washing his car at 8400 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell when a driver backing out of a nearby parking space backed into the victim's vehicle. When the suspect began to drive away, the victim reacted quickly.

"He stood in front of the vehicle so it could not drive away," said Roswell Police Spokeswoman Lisa Holland. "And it came toward him anyway."

Instead of jump out of the way, the victim jumped onto the hood of the suspect vehicle as it tried to drive away.

But the driver did not stop. He continued onto Holcomb Bridge Road eastbound with the victim still on the hood. The car then made a U-turn near Fire Station No. 7 and headed back westbound. Holland said the driver was stopping and starting quickly in an attempt to get the victim off the hood.

The victim eventually let go as the car passed Barnwell Road.

Holland discouraged taking such steps to stop a vehicle.

"Never attempt to block a car or jump on the hood to prevent them from leaving," Holland said. "This could have ended up in a tragic situation."

Instead, she said to move out of the way, get the tag number and a good description of the fleeing vehicle and police will follow up.

"We want everybody to stay safe," Holland said.

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