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Man fights for life after city centre hit-and-run murder bid

A Volkswagen Golf drove into the man on Jamaica Street, Glasgow, early on Wednesday.

Cordon: Police seal off Jamaica Street after hit-and-run.
Cordon: Police seal off Jamaica Street after hit-and-run. STV

A hit-and-run victim is fighting for his life after a man drove a car at him the wrong way down a street in an attempted murder.

The 32-year-old man was left seriously injured after a Volkswagen Golf was driven at him in Glasgow city centre following an argument at around 12.45am on Wednesday.

He was walking with three friends on Jamaica Street when a fight broke out with another man, who then got into his car and drove the wrong way before ploughing into the victim.

The 32-year-old was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he remains for treatment. Hospital staff describe his condition as life-threatening.

The attacker fled the scene down Argyle Street against the flow of traffic before heading towards the south side of the city.

Detective inspector David MacGregor, of Glasgow city centre CID, said: "The man was walking in Jamaica Street with three male friends, when he became involved in an altercation with another man.

"That man then got into the VW Golf and drove the wrong way up Jamaica St and hit him. 

"The driver then made off north on Jamaica Street, turned west under the Heilanman's Umbrella, Argyle Street, and then possibly into Oswald Street - against the flow of traffic - on to the south side."

Jamaica Street: Police guard the cordon on Wednesday morning.
Jamaica Street: Police guard the cordon on Wednesday morning. STV

He continued: "None of the man's friends were injured but he sustained multiple injuries and is in a very serious condition in hospital.

"Officers remain at the scene carrying out enquiries with street, commercial and private CCTV being reviewed.

"There were a number of people in Jamaica Street at the time of the incident, a number of whom have already come forward and indeed, who tried to assist the injured man until the ambulance arrived.

"However, we are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area and who has not been spoken to by police and would encourage them to come forward."

Mr MacGregor added: "The VW Golf made off at speed from the scene and I am sure that people would have seen it make off or driving through the streets, especially as it was going the wrong way down Jamaica Street and possibly Oswald Street.

"Again, if you did see it, or have any information that will assist officers with their enquiries then please call Glasgow City Centre CID via 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence."

Murder bid: Police stand guard outside Glasgow hotel after man hit by car.
Murder bid: Police stand guard outside Glasgow hotel after man hit by car. STV

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