Dad livid after son nearly killed over cell
By Katie Schneider, QMI Agency
Last Updated: April 3, 2011 7:15am
CALGARY -- As his severely injured son recovers in hospital, a city father is outraged his boy was dragged seven metres by a car and left for dead -- all over a cellphone.
Matt Roberts, 18, was on his way home from his girlfriend's house Wednesday about 9 p.m., and had just stepped off the train when his night turned into a nightmare.
He was about to go into Tim Hortons to buy a hot chocolate when a four-door silver car pulled up with four men inside claiming to need to borrow a phone, said his dad Wayne Roberts.
"A passenger got out of the car and said they were having trouble with their vehicle and asked for assistance and asked if he had a phone," Wayne said.
"He loaned them his BlackBerry."
After the passenger got back in the car and pretended to make a call, the driver backed up, prompting Matt to realize he was being robbed.
"Matt tried to reach in and get his phone back and the driver floored it," Wayne said.
"He lost his balance and grabbed hold of the side of the car to save his own life."
His son was dragged seven metres until he fell off and hit his head, landing helplessly in a puddle.
"They left him for dead," he said.
A passerby saw him and called for help.
He is now recovering in the hospital trauma unit with six broken ribs, a broken sternum, shoulder blade and fingers, a spine fracture, head injuries, and a mangled ear among other injuries.
"He is in a lot of pain," Wayne said, adding he will likely be in the hospital for three to four more weeks.
Wayne said he is livid with the crime that nearly killed his son.
"It was absolutely intentional -- they lured him to the car to steal the phone," he said.
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