Boy, 17, escapes death by inches after car crashes into Bradford shop window

Mohammed Shaffiq and the damaged shop

Mohammed Shaffiq and the damaged shop

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

The family of a teenager say he was inches from being killed when a car ploughed through the front of their shop.

Student Mohammad Abbas, 17, was working in his dad’s blinds shop in Thornton Road, Bradford, yesterday when a Vauxhall Zafira came crashing through the front window.

A shaken Mr Abbas, who was showered with broken glass and toppling window displays, said: “It might sound crazy, but it is like my whole life flashed before me. It was horrific.”

He added: “A minute earlier, I saw a couple of little kids running past. They definitely would have been killed.”

His father Mohammad Shafiq, 43, who was around the side of the shop when the incident happened, said he could not bear to think of the worst-case scenario.

He added: “My son was in the shop. He has had a lucky escape. If he was at the front of the shop, who knows what could have happened.”

The silver Zafira had been in a collision with a blue Vauxhall Corsa seconds before it hit the shop, near the busy Four Lane Ends junction, at 12.20pm.

Mr Abbas said he was standing behind the counter in the shop playing on his phone when he heard the initial bang of the vehicles colliding.

As he came round the front of the counter to investigate, the car hit the buliding, smashing the window.

“The car came right for me,” said Mr Abbas. “I fell back and the shop front came straight into my lap.

“It’s a really bad start to my new year – it has put me off working in the shop.”

Mr Saddiq said business would be affected as a result of the incident.

“Customers cannot go in there,” he said. “It will maybe be closed for a week or two. We have just had a revamp and reorganised the shop getting ready for the new year. We were looking forward to getting busy again after Christmas and now this has happened.”

The driver of the Corsa, a 24-year-old man, sustained severe neck and back pain and was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary. The driver of the Zafira, a 53-year-old man, was uninjured.The accident caused traffic disruption.

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11:05pm Fri 4 Jan 13

jacko99 says...

I think the shop owner was targeted for wearing a bright coloured shirt, could it be the work of Al-Qaeeda.?
there are too may militants living in Bradford and pressure is mounting on the police to do something about it, one resident said, all this militancy started since the price of chicken went sky high, Pakistani's all over Bradford, and there's alot of them, love cooking chicken curry madras for breakfast.
I think the shop owner was targeted for wearing a bright coloured shirt, could it be the work of Al-Qaeeda.? there are too may militants living in Bradford and pressure is mounting on the police to do something about it, one resident said, all this militancy started since the price of chicken went sky high, Pakistani's all over Bradford, and there's alot of them, love cooking chicken curry madras for breakfast. jacko99
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9:44am Sat 5 Jan 13

birday says...

jacko99 wrote:
I think the shop owner was targeted for wearing a bright coloured shirt, could it be the work of Al-Qaeeda.?
there are too may militants living in Bradford and pressure is mounting on the police to do something about it, one resident said, all this militancy started since the price of chicken went sky high, Pakistani's all over Bradford, and there's alot of them, love cooking chicken curry madras for breakfast.
Hey - this kind of post helps no one ... it's offensive.
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What this area needs is help - fast.
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Until the community wake up and can see what's really happening in this area and what kind of future they're heading towards they're going to continue experiencing these kinds of events.
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The government needs to take what's going on in this area seriously and do something positive - rules, boundaries and limitations need to be set and enforced with zero tolerance.
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There are too many untamed wild people living in the area!
[quote][p][bold]jacko99[/bold] wrote: I think the shop owner was targeted for wearing a bright coloured shirt, could it be the work of Al-Qaeeda.? there are too may militants living in Bradford and pressure is mounting on the police to do something about it, one resident said, all this militancy started since the price of chicken went sky high, Pakistani's all over Bradford, and there's alot of them, love cooking chicken curry madras for breakfast.[/p][/quote]Hey - this kind of post helps no one ... it's offensive. . What this area needs is help - fast. . Until the community wake up and can see what's really happening in this area and what kind of future they're heading towards they're going to continue experiencing these kinds of events. . The government needs to take what's going on in this area seriously and do something positive - rules, boundaries and limitations need to be set and enforced with zero tolerance. . There are too many untamed wild people living in the area! birday
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10:31am Sat 5 Jan 13

BigFigure says...

jacko99 wrote:
I think the shop owner was targeted for wearing a bright coloured shirt, could it be the work of Al-Qaeeda.?
there are too may militants living in Bradford and pressure is mounting on the police to do something about it, one resident said, all this militancy started since the price of chicken went sky high, Pakistani's all over Bradford, and there's alot of them, love cooking chicken curry madras for breakfast.
Been on the ale again,mate?
[quote][p][bold]jacko99[/bold] wrote: I think the shop owner was targeted for wearing a bright coloured shirt, could it be the work of Al-Qaeeda.? there are too may militants living in Bradford and pressure is mounting on the police to do something about it, one resident said, all this militancy started since the price of chicken went sky high, Pakistani's all over Bradford, and there's alot of them, love cooking chicken curry madras for breakfast.[/p][/quote]Been on the ale again,mate? BigFigure
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