Man ‘ ran into car path’
Road victim critical
A PEDESTRIAN hit by a car in the CBD on Saturday night was in a critical condition in Townsville Hospital last night.
It is understood the 53year- old man was running across the intersection of Flinders and Fletcher streets about 10.30pm when he was hit by a Toyota sedan, smashing the car’s windscreen with his head before rolling over the bonnet and on to the ground.
He was rushed to Townsville Hospital with significant head and internal injuries where he remained in the intensive care unit last night. Townsville police Senior Sergeant Scot Warrick said the man was knocked unconscious.
“We are investigating reports that the male had run on to the roadway and into the path of the vehicle that struck him,” Sen- Sgt Warrick said.
“We are calling on any witnesses who may have seen the accident to come forward and speak with police.”
The 68- year- old male driver stayed on scene after the crash, assisting police with their investigations.
Late yesterday afternoon, a 43- year- old man was taken to Townsville Hospital with serious leg injuries after a motorbike accident at roadworks on Dalrymple Rd.
On Saturday afternoon, a man was reportedly fishtailing his car before he lost control and slammed into a tree near the intersection of Jenkinson Drive and Miranda Circle at Annandale about 2.40pm.
The man fled the scene with police tracking him down to a home, arresting him for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. Senior Sergeant Joe Matheson said the driver, who had a passenger in the car with him, lost control of his red Mazda RX7 while accelerating.
“The vehicle was also located at the same address as the driver and had extensive damage to the rear right- hand side,” Sen- Sgt Matheson said.
The man was later released without charge. The investigation into the crash continues.
Emergency crews were kept busy with another crash on Frank Randell Drive at Cungulla, about 4.20pm on Saturday. The 30- year- old male driver was taken to hospital with facial injuries and a broken collarbone.