Son saves father’s life


Son saves father’s life

THE son of a man run over by a car four times at Venus Bay last Friday has been hailed a hero by police.
The son, Glenn Coe, will be nominated for a bravery award by detectives from the Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU).
Mr Coe’s father Ian, 56, was undergoing more than nine hours of surgery at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne yesterday (Monday), where at that time he remained in a critical condition.
Glenn, 19, endangered his own life to save his father’s by parking a ute and trailer in the path of the offender as he attempted to drive over Glenn’s father.
Detective Senior Constable Rob Brown of Bass Coast CIU said Glenn was a hero.
“Without his intervention, his father would have died. He would have been highly traumatised by what had happened to his father as he ran from some distance and to place himself in the way of the vehicle to save his father’s life was nothing but heroic,” he said.
Detective S/C Brown has not been involved in such a “bizarre” case in more than 14 years in the police force.
“To have no known association with the victim and to have such disregard for human life, it just bizarre,” he said.
Travis Pedley, 39, of Venus Bay faced a filing hearing at Melbourne Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Monday), charged with attempted murder and intentionally causing serious injury. He was remanded in custody until January 10, 2011. No application was made for bail. Other charges are pending.
He was arrested soon after the incident and remanded in custody at Wonthaggi Police Station overnight on Friday and taken to the Melbourne Custody Centre.
Police are mystified by the reason for the attack, saying the alleged offender and victim were unknown to each other.
Ian and Glenn Coe were on ride-on mowers in Canterbury Road about 10.30am Friday. Ian was mowing a vacant block when police allege the offender aligned his Holden Commodore sedan with Ian and crashed into him and a nearby bus shelter.
Ian was thrown from his mower and as he lay motionless, the offender ran over him twice before Glenn reached his father’s side. He parked his work ute and trailer in the path of the offender to shield his father. While Glenn tried to drag his father out of the way, police said Ian was driven over a fourth time.
Glenn was also nearly run over during the ordeal.
Glenn took his father to the Venus Bay Community Centre, where a fire meeting was to be held, and police and ambulances were alerted.
The offender was intercepted by police between Tarwin Lower and Inverloch.
Police said he was not affected by alcohol nor drugs.
The incident shocked the Venus Bay community. Kieran Kennedy, a Venus Bay resident and South Gippsland Shire Councillor, arrived on the scene five minutes after the attack and spoke to Mr Coe and his son.
Cr Kennedy said the crime had “really shocked the community to the core”.
“It was not something that we would have expected to have seen down here. It was really unprecedented,” he said.
“The whole thing has really just made people sick in their stomachs.
“It’s just a horrendous incident. Everyone was pretty numb about the fact that something like this could occur in such a quiet coastal hamlet. I have never seen anything of this nature.”
One of the first to be alerted of the drama unfolding was the Country Fire Authority’s Gary Burns. He was setting up in the Venus Bay Community Centre for a township protection plan meeting.
“A lady came in very upset and asked us if someone could call the police and ambulance,” Mr Burns said.
“The manager of the centre rang first and I followed up with a phone call as well.
“The injured man was transferred from the scene to just outside the centre for his own protection until an ambulance could arrive.
“The CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) arrived first and comforted the man, along with his son.”
Mr Coe was treated by CERT volunteers and paramedics before a Helimed air ambulance helicopter landed in a paddock in nearby Lee Parade. He was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital, suffering chest, pelvis and leg injuries.
Police from Inverloch, Wonthaggi and Foster attended the scene.
The Coes operate a lawn mowing business and were mowing lawns on opposite sides of the road at the time.
Officers from the Crime Scene Squad investigated the scene until 11.30pm Friday.
Police have asked for more witnesses to come forward. They are urged to phone Bass Coast CIU on 5672 2761.

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