The husband of a woman fighting for her life after being run down outside her home by a car-jacker spoke today of his devastation.
Caroline Johnson was attacked as she prepared to take her son to school yesterday morning.
She was scraping ice off her windscreen when a man jumped into her car and drove off, leaving her lying in the road in Langley, Berkshire.
The 46-year-old suffered serious internal injuries and injuries to her arms and legs.
Today, she was in a critical but stable condition in Wexham Park Hospital.
Her husband Mark Collins said: "This whole incident has left us devastated and will continue to do so for months to come.
"What happened yesterday was completely unnecessary, and I urge anyone who can help the police catch whoever did this to my wife to come forward.
"I would like to thank the local community and our neighbours who have been immensely supportive to me and my family."
Mrs Johnson's car, a champagne-coloured Citroen Picasso, was found last night, abandoned but in a good condition, about two and a half miles from her home, Thames Valley Police said.
As the thief drove away, the mother of four was hit by her car and knocked to the ground.
Pc Clive Benson said: "Over 14 years of road traffic collisions, I have never seen anyone with as many injuries as this woman has sustained.
"The family are struggling to deal with what has happened and they are naturally devastated. It's an incident no one expected to happen.
"Sometimes in these type of incidents, when someone is scraping ice off their car, they leave the engine running and pop inside for a cup of tea and then the vehicle is stolen. It's very, very rare that an incident like this happens."
Police will now examine the car for forensic evidence.
Detectives say they are looking for a white man, believed to be in his 30s.Reuse content