Mum pleads for safer driving after son hurt
POLICE NEED INFORMATION TO FIND VEHICLE
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.”
Gregory McGeorge, who suffered a broken rib when he was hit by a car in Mt Druitt, with his mother Elizabeth Luke.