A MOUNT CLEAR man has recalled the terrifying moment he was run down by his own car after it was stolen by a brazen female thief.
Speaking to The Courier yesterday, a shaken Benjamin Kirsteuer described the anxiety he now feels after confronting the female aggressor who walked into the family’s home and stole the keys to his prized BMW last week.
“There was a moment when we locked eyes for a few seconds... then she just accelerated and ran over me,” the 23-year-old said.
“I still can’t comprehend what has happened.”
The University of Ballarat student was home alone about 10pm last Thursday when he heard the door — which is usually locked — open.
Running downstairs to see who was there, Mr Kirsteuer
saw the thief walking out the door.
He said after grabbing a torch and running outside, he was confronted by the woman trying to unlock his car.
“I yelled at her to stop, but she quickly unlocked the car and got in,” he said.
“She had to back up a little so she could get out, and it was then that I stood directly in front of the car, begging her to stop.”
The woman then ran over Mr Kirsteuer, flipping him across the bonnet of his car.
The woman then sped out of the Tinworth Avenue property, knocking an iron gate off its hinges.
It is believed the car was later involved in several police pursuits in Camperdown.
Warrnambool police Leading Senior Constable Di Thomas confirmed that the car had been found abandoned on the Princes Highway just outside of Camperdown on Saturday.
Mr Kirsteuer, who suffered neck and back injuries from the hit, said he was now worried about the condition of his car. “I just hate to think what she’s done to it,” he said.
Anyone with details can call police on 5336 6000.