A student who rushed to give an injured driver first aid after witnessing a horrific motorway smash had her own car stolen by the man she was trying to help.
Sian Jayasekera, 22, stopped to help the man after seeing his Vauxhall Meriva flip over and career off the M61 in the early hours of Friday August 16.
But while she was searching an embankment trying to find him, he jumped into her parked Volkswagen Golf and sped off.
A witness told Sian the thief was ‘covered in blood’ and confessed to being drunk before making off in her car.
Her bank card, which she left in the vehicle along with her laptop, phone and iPod, was later used in a shop and garage in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester.
Sian said: ‘It’s one of those stories you see in the paper or in a film, you don’t think it’s ever going to happen to you.
‘[The crash] was so bad that I seriously thought I’d be looking for a body.
‘I pulled over and went running down, I thought I’d be doing CPR. I’m a trained first aider and I just wanted to see what I could do.’
The man who stole her car had been speeding on the southbound carriage way close to junction 5 at around 6.30am and was weaving in and out of traffic, Sian said.
After narrowly avoiding a collision she saw him smash into the central reservation before the car flipped over ‘several times’.
She and other drivers pulled up on the hard shoulder to search for the driver who they feared may have been thrown from the car and killed.
A woman told the group she saw a bloodied man jump into Sian’s red vehicle and drive off.
‘It was one of the most surreal conversations I’ve ever had’ Sian said.
‘I just don’t get how anybody can be in a crash that bad and their first thought is ‘I’m going to get back in another car that’s not even mine’.
‘The traffic police said this is the first time they have seen anything like this.’
The man who stole Sian’s car is described as being around 5ft 10in, bald, skinny and white, with cuts on his head and down the back.
Confirming the incident, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘An investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing to trace the driver and the vehicle.
‘Anyone with any information about the incident should contact police on 0161 856 5599.
‘Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’