A father of three who works as a driver for Uber Eats has been killed in a suspected car hijacking in Washington DC after two teenage girls allegedly tried to steal his car.
Mohammad Anwar, 66, died Tuesday. Shocking footage of the incident shows Anwar trying to recover his vehicle while a suspect accelerates, pulls him together and crushes him against a fence.
The car sped down a street before turning around and threw Mr Anwar onto a nearby pavement. The footage shows a figure lying face down on the sidewalk and not moving.
Anwar died in hospital after the incident after suffering many broken bones and serious head injuries. He delivered food at the time of the attack.
On footage taken by a spectator, Anwar can be seen next to the driver̵
“They are thieves!” he is heard saying when he seems to be trying to regain control of the car. “This is my car!”
After the accident, the recordings show that one of the car jackets climbs out of the overturned vehicle.
The National Guard near the crash site detained the suspects before they could flee and detained them until police arrived.
The Metropolitan Police Department said the suspected car jackets were a 13-year-old girl from southeast DC and a 15-year-old girl from Fort Washington, Maryland. None of the girls have been named because they are young.
Both teenagers are charged with murder and armed carjacking.
Anwar’s family members told WUSA9 that he immigrated to the United States from Pakistan in 2014, and that he worked on food delivery games to support his wife, children and four grandchildren.
“The family is devastated by this senseless crime,” Anwar’s relatives said in a statement. “Mohammad Anwar was a father, a grandfather, a husband, a brother and uncle loved by many here in the United States and in Pakistan, his homeland.”
The teenagers appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday. A judge ruled that they were a threat to society and posed a flight risk, so they were arrested for the next court hearing on March 31.
Mr Anwar’s niece has launched a GoFundMe to help pay for a traditional Islamic funeral for her uncle.
As of Sunday, GoFundMe had raised $ 430,000 after an initial $ 100,000 target set by the family.
“Words cannot describe how our family is doing at the moment,” Lehra Bogino wrote in the campaign description.
“Destruction, confusion, shock, anger, heartache and anguish are just a few that come to mind. We always want him with us, but it does not take the pain of losing him so tragically and so unexpectedly soon.”