Driver runs over man in an argument in McDonald's drive-thru queue

Martin Moran, 19, was jailed for 2 years and 10 months for running over a man in his 20s leaving him with "life-changing" injuries
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A man has been jailed after he drove over another man during an argument in a McDonald's drive-thru queue in Harlow in 2021. Martin Moran, 19, jumped the queue in his car and, following an argument with those behind him, ran over a man in his 20s in a 'vicious, cowardly assault' leaving his victim with 'life-changing' injuries, police said.

Shortly after 11pm on Saturday, August 28 2021, some customers were waiting in line in their car at the McDonald's drive-thru in The Oaks Retail Park, Edinburgh Way, Harlow. Martin Moran, who was 16 at the time of the incident, drove in front of them in a blue Audi. At the time there were about 15 cars in the queue waiting to place orders.

Two men got out of the car behind to confront Moran and approached the car. After an argument about the queue jumping the pair decided to go back to their car. As they walked in front of Moran's Audi, he revved the engine before driving into one of the men who fell down.

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Moran drove over his victim here, at The Oaks Retail Park, Edinburgh Way, Harlow, after jumping the queue for the drive-thru
Moran drove over his victim here, at The Oaks Retail Park, Edinburgh Way, Harlow, after jumping the queue for the drive-thru -Credit:Google

In an attempt to get away, Moran then drove over the man in his 20s as he lay on the floor and drove off. "The victim truly believed that Moran was going to kill him" at this point, police said.

The Audi was located 12 hours later,which is when it was discovered the driver was Martin Moran. Following an investigation, Moran was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and appeared at Chelmsford Youth Court on June 24, 2022. The now 19-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge at a previous hearing and was jailed for 2 years and 10 months when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, July 5.

Harlow CID's DC Blair, investigating the assault, said: "The victim truly believed that Moran was going to kill him as he carried out this vicious, cowardly assault. The victim suffered several injuries that will be life-changing for him.

"I’d like to thank him for supporting this investigation throughout his recovery – it must have been difficult for him to recall the details and relive the incident. But his bravery has meant Moran has been appropriately sentenced for his actions."

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