Disturbing dashcam footage has captured the moment a woman appears to leap in front of a car south of Brisbane before the driver speeds 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 woman with dark hair wearing jeans and a light hoodie is seen suddenly running from the left hand side of the road in front of the moving vehicle.
She appears to brace herself and jump up towards the bonnet as the driver brakes, knocking her to the ground.
The driver reverses back as a man runs from the other side of the road to the woman’s side, yelling at the driver to stop – but the person behind the wheel drives around the couple.
The woman runs in front of the car. Picture: DashCamOwnersAustralia/Facebook
“Dashcam footage of alleged insurance fraud incident,” the page wrote.
“There were several people approaching from behind the vehicle instantly after the incident, driver fled due to risk of carjacking/suspecting a fraudulent claim at 3am in Browns Plains.”
A Queensland Police spokeswoman said police were “aware of a video circulating on social media where a female walks out in front of a vehicle and is struck on Browns Plains Road at Browns Plains on May 2”.
“The driver reported the incident to police shortly after the incident,” she said.
“Police attended the location but were unable to locate those involved. No formal complaint has been made to police at this time however investigations are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
The video has been viewed more than 70,000 times with nearly 1000 comments.
She braces herself and jumps towards the bonnet. Picture: DashCamOwnersAustralia/Facebook
“I had one of them,” one man wrote.
“I drove off as there was a group of them hiding in the bushes. They called the police and reported a hit [and] run. Police came and watched my dashcam with front and rear cameras.
“No action was taken as the girl did the exact same thing. Ran out and I stopped. Then she bumped into my car. It’s a scam and an attempt at carjacking. This is very common in Europe and becoming common here. Mine occurred down the Gold Coast.”
“That must have hurt … hopefully!” a woman said.
“So he gets his missus to take the hit, what a kind and considerate guy he is,” another man added.
“Finally natural selection is coming back … but to help the selection process don’t hit brakes,” a fourth person wrote.
The driver refused to stop. Picture: DashCamOwnersAustralia/Facebook
One woman sparked disbelief with her take on the video.
“They are kidding aren’t they?” she wrote. “They knocked her down and drove away. If they were scared they could [have] backed off and locked their doors, call an ambulance.”
One person replied, “You’ve lived a sheltered life haven’t you.”
Another said, “You’re the kind of person who gets carjacked.”
A third woman explained, “If this happened to me, and a group of people were surrounding my car and approaching on all angles, I’d be getting the hell out of there as well.
“A locked door means little when the window is smashed and you’re dragged out of it. That and it’s clearly a fake accident.
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“She threw herself into the bonnet when she realised the car was stopping short.”
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