Teen fights for life after being knocked down
by taxi outside Birmingham nightclub
May 27 2012 by Catherine Lillington, Sunday Mercury
A TEENAGER was fighting for his life last night after he was knocked down by a taxi outside a popular Birmingham nightspot.
The 19-year-old suffered serious leg and head injuries in the accident, which happened outside the 02 Academy at Horsefair in the city centre just after midnight on Saturday.
He was rushed by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where his condition was said to be “critical”.
West Midlands Police appealed for any witnesses who saw the collision to come forward.
A force spokeswoman said it was not known whether the teenager had been heading to or away from the club when he was hit.
She said: “A private hire taxi vehicle was in collision with a 19-year-old male pedestrian.
“The injured man was taken to hospital with serious leg and head injuries and is in a critical condition.
“Police are investigating and are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact them.”
The club’s website said there was a taxi rank “immediately outside”. Taxis line up there from 9pm until 6am.
An 02 spokesman could not say whether the injured man had been inside the venue.
The accident happened during the club’s weekly Propaganda indie night.
Panos Dimopoulos, who owns Ulysses Greek restaurant on the opposite side of the road, said a large crowd formed near the teenager.
“The man was on the ground and paramedics were on top of him,” he said.
“I don’t know what happened.”
The road stayed open and about seven police cars were at the scene, he added.
Witnesses should call police at the collision investigation unit at Perry Barr on 101.