Mum pleads for safer driv­ing af­ter son hurt

PO­LICE NEED IN­FOR­MA­TION TO FIND VE­HI­CLE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

A DIS­TRAUGHT mother has called for mo­torists to slow down af­ter her wheel­chair-bound son was a vic­tim of a hit-and-run.

Gre­gory McGe­orge, who has cere­bral palsy, was hit by a car as he at­tempted to cross a busy in­ter­sec­tion on Lux­ford Rd about 1.30pm on Thurs­day.

Sev­eral wit­nesses told po­lice the driver failed to stop at the red left-turn arrow and hit Mr McGe­orge, 56, send­ing him fly­ing. About six other driv­ers got out of their cars to help the Dhar­ruk man, but wit­nesses said the driver who hit him did not stop.

The in­ci­dent has left Mr McGe­orge with a cracked rib, while his mo­torised wheel­chair was dam­aged be­yond re­pair.

His mother, El­iz­a­beth Luke, said driv­ers should “take more care and keep their eyes peeled to the road”.

Ms Luke said wit­nesses told her that the driver had run a red light be­fore hit­ting her son.

“She said the driver didn’t even stop to see if he was all right or any­thing,” Ms Luke said. One driver who helped Mr McGe­orge, Re­becca Moos­mann, said she saw the driver run the red light.

“I was three cars be­hind the car (that hit him),” Ms Moos­mann said. “I saw that he went through a red arrow and then I heard a bang ... The guy kept driv­ing.”

Ms Luke was grate­ful to ev­ery­one who helped her son. She said the dam­aged wheel­chair cost $4000 and Mr McGe­orge had only used it for 11 months be­fore the ac­ci­dent.

Mt Druitt crime man­ager Dave God­dard said: “The driver of the ve­hi­cle should have stopped and ren­dered as­sis­tance to Mr McGe­orge.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the as­sis­tance a num­ber of wit­nesses pro­vided to Mr McGe­orge at the scene. How­ever, at this stage, po­lice have not iden­ti­fied the ve­hi­cle.

“We are ap­peal­ing to other wit­nesses or any per­son with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact Mt Druitt po­lice in an ef­fort to lo­cate the driver of the ve­hi­cle, which we be­lieve may be an older model sil­ver Toy­ota, pos­si­bly a Camry.”

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Gre­gory McGe­orge, who suf­fered a bro­ken rib when he was hit by a car in Mt Druitt, with his mother El­iz­a­beth Luke.

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