Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Scott Tib­balls

PO­LICE are still search­ing for the cul­prit be­hind the hit and run that rat­tled a Ju­lat­ten cou­ple last Thurs­day.

Jon and Jane Mars­den were driv­ing to work in Port Dou­glas from their Ju­lat­ten home when a white util­ity drift­ing around a cor­ner skid­ded into their path.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mr Mars­den the bon­net of their small car wedged un­der the rear tray of the util­ity, which caused the back of the util­ity - now trav­el­ling side­ways - to slide up the bon­net of their car and smash into the A-pil­lar, shat­ter­ing the wind­screen and driv­ers side win­dows, as well as crush­ing the roof.

Mirac­u­lously, both driver and pas­sen­ger were not se­ri­ously hurt.

“The ac­ci­dent hap­pened re­ally quickly,” said Mr Mars­den, who added that they had no time to get a good look at the other ve­hi­cle.

“Be­cause the wind­screen shat­tered straight away we just couldn’t see any­thing out of it.

“We were just more con- cerned with each other’s wel­fare.

“We then got out of the car, and fully ex­pected the ute to come back … but who­ever was driv­ing the truck didn’t come back.”

He said it was de­spi­ca­ble that the other driver didn’t turn around and help.

“The road is very slip­pery and peo­ple skid all the time – but it’s pretty low to just leave us there.”

While the of­fend­ing ute left the scene, Jon said plenty of other good sa­mar­i­tans stopped to help – but un­for­tu­nately there were no wit­nesses among them.

Mount Mol­loy po­lice at­tended the scene, where parts of the util­ity were picked up as ev­i­dence.

Mount Mol­loy and Moss­man po­lice are still search­ing for a white util­ity with a dam­aged or re­cently re­paired tray.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is en­cour­aged to con­tact po­lice.


A Ju­lat­ten cou­ple's car was to­talled by a drift­ing ute on the Mount Mol­loy Road

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