Harlow teen drove over man after argument over queue jumping McDonald's drive-thru

Martin Moran has been jailed for causing GBH
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A "cowardly" driver ran over a man after a blazing row over him jumping the queue at an Essex McDonald's drive-thru. Martin Moran jumped in front of multiple cars at the restaurant in the Oaks Retail Park in Harlow in 2021.

Shortly after 11pm on August 28, the occupants of a car were waiting in line at the drive-thru when Morgan, aged 16 at the time, drove in front of them in a Blue Audi. At the time, there were about 15 cars in a queue waiting to place orders.

Two people from the car got out and approached the Audi. Following an argument about queue-jumping, the two men decided to get back in their car. As they walked in front of the Audi, Moran revved the engine before striking one of the men, causing him to fall.

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In an attempt to get away, Moran drove over the victim, a man aged 20s, as he lay on the floor. The Audi was located 12 hours later, and Moran was identified as the driver. Moran was later charged with causing 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 two years and ten months when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on July 5. Detective Constable Blair, of Harlow CID, 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."