Van rammed, then rolled over
When Lisa Mulligan offered refuge inside her van to a woman in distress, she did not expect it to be rammed several times by the woman’s ‘‘crazy [boyfriend]’’.
About 6.10am on Monday, Mulligan, a vineyard delegate, said it was a ‘‘normal work morning’’ as she and her colleagues waited for another worker inside her white van on Heretaunga St West in Hastings.
However, things changed when a woman ‘‘scared for her life’’ approached them seeking safety.
‘‘We arrived a little early and she just jumped in the van and asked for help to take her to [the] police station because she was scared,’’ she said.
Mulligan said she then drove off. However, a man, understood to be the distressed woman’s partner, then began following Mulligan’s vehicle.
‘‘I drove off and when he was behind us I tried to overtake a truck to get away and he got behind us, and everything was a blur after that once he started ramming.’’
The van, which had six passengers in it at the time, is said to have been rammed about 11 times by the man.
At one point, the ramming was so severe, the van was toppled onto its side.
‘‘At the end I jumped out of my seat to [the] passengers’ side, he came to my door with his scary eyes and everyone told him police [were] coming.
‘‘He jumped in his car and sped off, we then parked in [the] radio station carpark and two people are currently admitted to hospital and couple of us are being looked at as we speak,’’ Mulligan said.
Four of the van’s occupants were injured.
Police said they were looking for Hastings man RaquadaCharles Edwards in relation to the incident.
Mulligan said she just did what ‘‘I would expect someone to do with me if I was trying to escape a crazy [boyfriend].’’
Lisa Mulligan’s van was rammed in an incident in Hastings on Monday.