A truck knocked over a Brighton teenager before turning round and running over him again.
The 19-year-old was seriously injured after being hit by the truck in Patcham last night (Saturday 7 October).
Sussex Police said: “Police are investigating the incident as a deliberate act and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
“Officers were called at 8.47pm to a report that a man walking on the pavement in Warmdene Avenue, opposite the Ladies Mile pub, had been involved in a collision.
“A vehicle described as a dirty pick-up truck, with a double cab and an open back, is reported to have run over the man before turning around and going over him again as his body lay on the floor.
“It then accelerated east on Mackie Avenue.
“The victim, a 19-year-old local man, had been walking home with friends when the incident occurred.
“He was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
“No one else was injured.”
Detective Inspector Ian Still said: “Our initial indications are that this was a deliberate act in which a pick-up truck ran over the man on the pavement, before stopping and turning around and driving over him again as his body lay on the floor.
“We are still in the early stages of our investigation and we will be carrying out extensive inquiries to establish the full circumstances.
“However, in light of recent events, it is important to note that we are not treating it as terror-related.
“This was a horrific incident which has left a young man fighting for his life and I would urge anyone with any information to report it online quoting Operation Morston.”
Sussex Police said: “Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555111.
“A 17-year-old boy from Brighton, arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, remains in police custody at this stage.”