Game of chicken ends in hos­pi­tal

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS McMA­HON

AT THE MO­MENT, THE FO­CUS IS ON THE AC­TIV­I­TIES OF THE PEDES­TRIAN … THERE HAVE BEEN RE­PORTS OF HIM PLAY­ING IN THE TRAF­FIC EAR­LIER.

A TEEN was fight­ing for his life af­ter be­ing hit by a car while play­ing chicken on a busy Bowen road.

The 19- year- old Bowen man was hit in Le­ich­hardt St, near the in­ter­sec­tion of Poole St, about 8.50pm on Mon­day.

Early po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gest he had been dodg­ing cars along Le­ich­hardt St, be­fore step­ping out of the path of one car, only to be hit by a south­bound car.

The im­pact sent the teenager through the wind­screen of the Holden Com­modore, leav­ing him with se­ri­ous head and leg in­juries.

He was rushed to Bowen Hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion be­fore be­ing flown to Townsville Hos­pi­tal, where he re­mained in an in­duced coma last night.

The driver of the Holden Com­modore was not in­jured and the Mackay Foren­sic Crash Unit have ruled out speed as a fac­tor in the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice ruled out al­co­hol as be­ing a con­tribut­ing fac­tor for the driver af­ter she blew zero on a breath test.

In­spec­tor Steve O’Con­nell said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crash sur­rounded the ac­tions of the in­jured teenager.

“Ini­tial re­ports in­di­cate that he may have been dodg­ing around traf­fic on the road­way

IN­SPEC­TOR STEVE O’CON­NELL

and has jumped out of the way of one car, to be struck by an­other car trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion,” Insp O’Con­nell said.

“He was hit by a Holden Com­modore, driven by a 40year- old woman from Bowen.

“At the mo­ment, the fo­cus is on the ac­tiv­i­ties of the pedes­trian … there have been re­ports of him play­ing in the traf­fic ear­lier.

“We are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether any al­co­hol or other sub­stances were in­volved in the in­ci­dent.

“The Foren­sic Crash Unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent and he is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.”

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one with dash­cam footage or if they saw peo­ple duck­ing in and out of traf­fic in Le­ich­hardt St on Mon­day night to con­tact po­lice or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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