The teenage girl left with shocking injuries after being dragged 50m during a carjacking has told of the moment her face smacked the concrete as she was flung from her moving vehicle.
The whole ordeal began after police attempted to intercept a stolen Nissan X-Trail at a carpark in Seaford, in Melbourne’s south-east, last night when they were rammed by the stolen vehicle.
The offenders left behind a 35-year-old woman as they fled the scene, but police called off the pursuit over fears for public safety.
A short time later the stolen Nissan was involved in a head-on crash on Frankston-Cranbourne Road, with three thugs getting out of their car and approaching 18-year-old Taylor Hall, who was in her convertible with her friend and her dog.
“It was out-of-the-blue,” Ms Hall said in an interview from her hospital bed.
“They just jumped straight into our car, yelling at us to get out of the vehicle.
“I pushed my friend out of the car and then I was like ‘please just give me my dog.’
“They went to pass the dog to me, but (the dog) obviously had her lead on so she couldn’t get out.
“So I tried to take her off – they weren’t moving at this time – but then he just took off, put his foot down on the accelerator.”
Ms Hall said the thugs drove at least 50m at nearly 30km/h before the car struck a curb and she was flung off.
“I went smack into the concrete, lost a few teeth,” she said.
Emergency crews arrived a short time later and transported Ms Hall to hospital.
She was relieved to learn her beloved dog had been recovered by authorities and is safe.
The thieves dumped Ms Hall’s car a short time later before stealing a gold Volkswagen Golf, which has not been found.
“It was surreal, you never put yourself in that situation and then when it happens, you never know how you’re going to react,” she said.
Ms Hall will be consulting with a plastic surgeon in the coming days as she recovers.
Police are urging the public to find the men who will have visible injuries from the crashes. One of them has a neck tattoo.
The 35-year-old woman left behind at the carpark has been charged with theft of a vehicle and is assisting police with their inquiries.
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Aston said he was confident officers would quickly “round them up”.