The Mayor of Buncrana has described how he thought a Dungiven man who confronted thieves trying to steal a laptop from his lorry was dead after being crushed against a car outside a wake.
It is understood the man, aged in his 50s who is in a stable condition in Altnagelvin hospital, had been standing outside his father-in-law’s wake in Burnfoot, Donegal when he saw two men trying to steal from his lorry.
When he confronted them they tried to make off in a car but he reached in when they moved off “at speed”, according to Mayor Peter McLaughlin, and there followed a bang and he was seen lying on the ground.
“I didn’t see the crush but I can only assume that is what happened,” Mr McLaughlin told the News Letter. “I was driving past the wake cars and all of a sudden a car just pulled out from behind a parked lorry and went across the road into the line of traffic.
“I saw this man hanging on the side of the car. Then it drove on and banged into a car behind me and when I looked in the mirror I saw him lying on the ground. I thought he was dead.”
Mr McLaughlin rang the ambulance but said it was fortunate that there happened to be a doctor and a nurse in the wake house who were able to help in the interim.
He said he had to go to work that night and could not sleep when he got home.
He said: “I woke up after eventually getting to sleep and thought what news am I going to hear this morning?”
It is understood the man’s father-in-law was buried on Wednesday.
The hospital confirmed yesterday that the man was in a stable condition with leg and rib injuries.
Gardai said they are investigating the incident after which the two males made off in a car with a Northern registration.