Man seriously injured after being dragged by car

Getty Images file photo | Clip artA man was critically injured after being dragged by a car driven by a man who had broken the window of the victim's van

A man was seriously injured in the Western Addition on Sunday in a case of vehicular assault, police said.

The 52-year-old victim was asleep in his van in a parking lot in the 1400 block of Webster Street about 9:40 a.m. when a man outside broke a side window to the van, police Officer Gordon Shyy said. The victim asked the suspect what happened and the suspect said it was an accident and apologized. The suspect then got into a red SUV.

The victim got out of the van with the intent to exchange insurance information with the suspect, witnesses told police. When the suspect put the SUV in reverse and attempted to flee, the victim tried to open the door, Shyy said. The SUV then collided with the victim's van and dragged the victim about 10 feet. The victim fell to the ground and was knocked unconscious. He also sustained a large gash to his head.

The victim was rushed to the hospital for what were believed to be life-threatening injuries, but as of Monday afternoon, his condition had stabilized, Shyy said.

No arrest has been made.

The suspect was described by witnesses to be a man in his 20s to 30s, wearing a hat, t-shirt and jeans, and had short hair, Shyy said.

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