Disturbing dash cam footage captured the moment a woman appears to jump in front of a car south of Brisbane before the driver sped away, suspecting an “insurance fraud incident” – or worse.
The video, posted by the Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook page, was taken in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Browns Plains, south of Brisbane.
A dark-haired woman wearing jeans and a light hoodie is seen running suddenly from the left side of the road in front of the moving vehicle.
She appears to brace herself and jump onto the hood as the driver brakes, knocking her to the ground.
The driver backs up as a man runs from the other side of the road toward the woman’s side, yelling for the driver to stop, but the person behind the wheel dodges the couple.
“Dashcam footage of the alleged insurance fraud incident,” the page wrote.
“There were multiple people approaching from behind the vehicle immediately after the incident, the driver fled due to risk of carjacking/suspected fraudulent claim at 3 am in Browns Plains.”
A Queensland Police spokeswoman said police were “aware of a video circulating on social media of a woman walking in front of a vehicle and being struck by a car on Browns Plains Road in Browns Plains on May 2.”
“The driver reported the incident to the police shortly after the incident,” he said.
“Police attended the scene but were unable to locate those involved. No formal complaint has been made to the police at this time, however investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing.”
The video has been viewed more than 70,000 times with nearly 1,000 comments.
“I had one of them,” wrote one man.
“I left because there was a group of them hiding in the bushes. They called the police and reported a hit. [and] run. The police came and saw my dashcam with front and rear cameras.”
“No action was taken as the girl did the exact same thing. I ran and stopped. She then she crashed into my car. It’s a scam and an attempted carjacking. This is very common in Europe and it is becoming common here. Mine happened on the Gold Coast.”
“That must have hurt… I wish!” said a woman.
“So he makes his lady take the hit, what a nice and considerate guy he is,” another man added.
“Finally, natural selection is making a comeback… but to help the selection process, hold off on the brakes,” wrote a fourth person.
A woman caused disbelief with her version of the video.
“You’re kidding, aren’t you?” she wrote. “They ran over her and left. If they were afraid they could [have] backed off and closed its doors, call an ambulance.”
One person responded, “You’ve lived a sheltered life, haven’t you?”
Another said: “You’re the kind of person who gets their car stolen.”
A third woman explained: “If this happened to me, and a bunch of people were surrounding my car and coming at me from all angles, I’d get the hell out of there too.”
“A closed door means little when the window is broken and you are dragged out. That and it’s clearly a faked accident.”
“He jumped on the hood when he realized the car stopped dead.”