Pagan-Lilley Motlagh-Phillips is a 19-year-old council worker in London. In June of this year, she was on her way home with her brother when two men on a moped started to make advances towards her.
Motlagh-Phillips said one of the men called out “Are you alright, darling?” and that, when she ignored him, the driver pulled up close to her on the moped and asked again, only more aggressively. When her brother intervened and asked them to back off, the driver threatened to run them over.
“They were very close and coming very fast towards me and my brother,” Motlagh-Phillips told BuzzFeed. “I pushed my brother out of the way, and as I pushed him the bike drove straight into me.”
At first, Motlagh-Phillips was trapped beneath the front wheel of the bike. Then the driver backed up and ran over her again, knocking her unconscious.
She was then taken to a London hospital, where she was told she suffered from internal bruising.
Police first arrested the suspect, but he was later released and the case was closed. When Motlagh-Philips inquired about her case, officials told her that “violent muggings and stabbings had to be prioritized.”
Motlagh-Phillips is now considering lodging a formal complaint over the police’s handling of her case. She hopes this public attention on the case will help others in the future.
“It’s taken me four months to even want to tweet or talk openly about it,” she said. “I hope this helps with my case or helps someone going through a similar situation.”
(Photo: Pagan Lilley via Twitter)