The grieving widow of an ex-navy officer killed by thieves in his own car returned in tears to the spot where he was run over yesterday.
Jessica Samwell clutched a pillow as she stood at the place where her 35-year-old husband Michael approached intruders stealing his Audi A3 sports car.
A neighbour told how Mrs Samwell, an accountant, has screamed his name and cried for help as he lay in the street in Chorlton, Manchester.
The neighbour said he was woken at about 3am by the Audi hitting railings.
‘I heard his wife screaming. She was screaming for help and his name,’ he said. He waited at the end of a driveway to direct an ambulance.
‘I think one of the neighbours was an off-duty policewoman so she took charge,’ he added.
‘They took him away in the ambulance, it turned up pretty quickly’.
Mr Samwell died later in hospital. The Audi was recovered abandoned and badly damaged three miles away in the Ladybarn area of the city.
The veteran navy officer, who married Jessica in 2011, worked for Warrington engineering firm Atkins after leaving the Navy, where he had been a weapons officer on a nuclear submarine.
An Atkins spokesman said: ‘This is a tragic event and our thoughts go out to Mike’s family, friends and colleagues. We will support the family in any way we can’.
A 21-year-old man was yesterday arrested on suspicion of murder. Det Supt Jon Chadwick from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: ‘We are still appealing for the public to help us’.
Floral tributes were placed at the end of the Samwells’ street as a police cordon remained in place.