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A 25-year-old man remains in a serious but stable condition in Dunedin Hospital after an alleged car-surfing incident in Mosgiel on Tuesday night.
Maria Bell was cooking dinner just before 7pm when a person knocked on her door to say a man was lying injured in the middle of the road outside her Mure St home.
She was told the unconscious man had "fallen out of the car", and the other two male occupants and the female driver were distraught.
"We had no idea what had happened. It just seemed so bizarre," the Mure St resident said.
She went out and cradled the man's bloodied head while the driver called emergency services and local residents helped keep traffic at a safe distance.
"It was really sad. I have a son that age and in a second your life can change so much," she said.
Acting Senior Sergeant Graeme Evans said inquiries into the incident were continuing yesterday, and included an investigation by the Serious Crash Unit.
Initial police reports indicated the man was on the roof of the car.
Another resident in the area told the Otago Daily Times that "blood was everywhere" on the road, with the two male occupants apparently intoxicated. One witness said the female driver was visibly upset.
Some of the group were dressed up, the witness said.
A silver Subaru station wagon involved in the incident was later removed from the street by a tow truck.