Carjacking victim run over by own car in Old Town

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A man who was carjacked in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood Thursday night was injured after being run over by his own car, police said.

"I saw an SUV speed off down Eugenie and someone hit the ground," said witness Cooper Lammonds.

Witnesses tell investigators the 35-year-old man parked his SUV near the corner of the 200 block of West Eugenie Street and stepped out to help his wife and child into the car.

Police say before his family could get into the car, an unidentified teen or man jumped into the driver's seat of his Subaru and tried to drive away with it.

Horrified bystanders could do nothing but watch as the husband and father struggled to take back control of the SUV from the carjacker. When the man tried to pull the thief out of the vehicle, he slipped and was dragged and then run over by his own car.

"To me it looked like he was trying to grab onto the car and got dragged a little bit and then was just on the ground and it looked like he might have hit his head as well," said witness Cooper Lammonds.

The man was rushed to an area hospital where he was stabilized. The man's wife and child were not injured. No other injuries were reported.

Police said the stolen vehicle was eventually found abandoned in another neighborhood. Some Old Town residents remain shaken by the crime.

"It was scary. I was with my friend and I grabbed her just to make sure that she was okay, but I didn't know what was going on," said Lammonds.

Police said the carjacker is not in custody.
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