The driver of a car that smashed into a fence at a shopping centre in Victoria, Australia, on Thursday said he was “not just dead” after the collision with a fence.
The 29-year-old driver, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffered minor injuries after his Jeep rolled off a ramp, struck a fence and was sent flying into a nearby bush.
“The Jeep got hit by a fence, and I went through a lot of shock, I was thrown off of the car, I could feel it on my back,” the man told reporters.
“I think it went through my leg, but I was just conscious and aware of what I was doing.”
The collision occurred in the town of Litchfield, about 40 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, at around 4.30pm (1800 GMT) on Thursday.
The vehicle was driven by a 47-year old woman, who was also driving, and was involved in a dispute with two men who had also parked their car in the area.
Police have said they are treating the incident as a hit and run.
A preliminary investigation revealed the woman had been drinking and driving and the men had left their vehicle on a property nearby.
They were arrested and have been charged with dangerous driving causing death.
A spokesman for the police said the driver was “very shaken up”, adding he had been “bored” by the incident.
“There were lots of people out there.
It’s a terrible, horrible thing,” he said.
The driver told reporters he was aware the vehicle was “a bit damaged” and that he would need to get a new vehicle, but was happy to “walk away” from the incident, which happened as he had “no plans” to return home.
“You never want to lose your car, you never want your car to go on a collision course, but we just had a bad situation on the side of the road,” he told reporters in a telephone interview.
“It’s a bit of a shock, but you can’t control it.
You just have to deal with it.”