Shocking moment San Francisco tourist is left clinging to side of van after carjackers speed off from parking lot with belongings worth more than $10,000
- Dmitry Koval, who filmed the incident, was on the final part of a trip along the West Coast with friends when carjackers struck
- Burglars swooped in whilst they were stood next to their vehicle in Marian District last week
- One of the group sustained major injuries after being dragged along the side of the vehicle at 60mph
A San Francisco tourist was left clinging to the side of a van after carjackers sped off with the vehicle electronics worth more than $10,000.
Boston-resident Dmitry Koval caught the moment one of his friends was dragged along the Marina Boulevard parking lot in the Marian District after trying to stop the brazen thieves.
The tourist sustained two broken legs after he attempted to cling to the driver side of the vehicle and was thrown off as it accelerated away. A second member of the group was also said to have been injured.
The carjackers made off with the van along with $10,000 worth of electronics last week.
It comes amid a crime wave in the Democrat-run Californian city which has seen carjacking and other thefts sky-rocket in recent months.
One of San Francisco tourist Dmitry Koval’s group attempted to stop carjackers from stealing their vehicle and ended up clinging on as it sped off at around 60mph
Tourist Dmitry Koval (pictured) filmed the shocking scene at the Marina Boulevard car park in San Francisco last week
Shocking footage shows the moment the group try and confront the thieves after spotting the break-in unfolding.
The group, from the East Coast, Kazakhstan and Russia, can be seen surrounding the black vehicle in a bid to prevent it from moving.
Koval cuts away before the sound of tires squealing can be heard as the burglars step on the accelerator.
As the camera cuts back, a man can be seen clinging to the driver’s side of the vehicle and desperately trying to run alongside.
The van then shoots out of the parking lot, throwing the tourist to the ground and causing him to bump along the tarmac.
Koval said on Instagram: ‘As we saw what was happening we ran and tried to stop them from stealing. They saw us running, grabbed the bags, got into the car and started driving away.
‘At that point, we still tried to stop them. One of us was holding the steering wheel trying to prevent the driver from turning, another person was disturbing a burglar on the passenger seat.
‘We even broke the windshield with crutches in hopes it would stop them. Still, the burglar was able to turn the wheel and pushed the gas all the way in.’
He added the driver then accelerated at around ’50 to 60mph’ with two people hanging from the sides.
Both men received major injuries with one hospitalized with two broken legs and other wounds, according to Koval.
Two tourists were reportedly injured during the carjacking which took place in the Marion District of the Californian city
One tourist was apparently hospitalized with injuries he sustained after he was thrown from the side of the van during the carjacking
He added: ‘I would advise to exclude this city from your travel list altogether, because it is not safe.
‘All over the city you can see pieces of shattered glass on the ground. Burglars break into the cars and steal anything they can find.
‘Be advised not to leave anything inside a vehicle and get full coverage if you do decide to travel in that city. Criminals have too much freedom and don’t get prosecuted by the local police, so they don’t hesitate to steal in the middle of the day.’
He said the thieves also made off with $10,000 worth of electronics and personal items, with nobody held accountable yet.
The incident is the latest to plague San Francisco tourists as the city continues to be rocked by violence.
Last month, a gang of burglars were filmed breaking into parked cars in broad daylight.
The Californian city is in the grip of a crime wave, with robberies between January and September 2023 soaring by 15.9 percent increase from the same time last year.
Meanwhile, motor vehicle theft saw a 10.8 percent increase as viral videos of smash-and-grabs continue to circulate.
Mayor London Breed recently shirked responsibility for some of the incidents claiming videos don’t always take place in the Golden Gate City.
Post source: The List