HIT AND RUN VIC­TIM’S MES­SAGE TO DRIVER: ‘They have to ac­count for their ac­tions’

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - AM­BER MACPHERSON am­ber.macpherson@news.com.au

HIT and run vic­tim John­nie Walker has for­given the un­known driver that left him in­ca­pac­i­tated, but he still wants an­swers.

The Nerang man was struck by a car on Wuraga Rd, Bahrs Scrub in the evening of De­cem­ber 14 last year, which left him with mul­ti­ple frac­tures and bro­ken bones, se­vere bruis­ing and need­ing sev­eral blood trans­fu­sions.

The 63-year-old spent three months re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal and never re­gained the use of his left arm.

On the evening he was hit Mr Walker was walk­ing home from preach­ing at a church in Been­leigh, a 7km trip that usu­ally takes about an hour and a half.

He doesn’t re­mem­ber much of what hap­pened, but he re­mem­bers wak­ing up in hos­pi­tal hours later, hav­ing the blood washed out of his hair.

“I started to walk home – just walk­ing and talk­ing with God. Prayer talk,” Mr Walker said.

“From what I un­der­stand the car hit me head on, while I was walk­ing home from Been­leigh to my place at Bahrs Scrub.

“The first car (that went past) was a woman that heard my screams. The sec­ond car was the of­fend­ing car.

“The clav­i­cle it­self was dec­i­mated. The col­lar bone was bro­ken, the humerus was bro­ken.

“I can’t tell you any­thing (about what hap­pened), all I can tell you is early in the morn­ing, they were wash­ing blood out of my hair, and I wasn’t feel­ing too good.

“(It was) painful, sen­sa­tions I can’t re­ally put my hands on. I knew I was in a lot of trou­ble.

“The loss of blood was quite horrific.”

De­spite a sig­nif­i­cant in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­clud­ing a me­dia cam­paign, po­lice still don’t have an­swers.

Po­lice have re­leased footage of the event in the hopes of iden­ti­fy­ing the driver of the car, which is de­scribed as a white Ford Ranger or Mazda cab-chas­sis ‘space cab’, or sim­i­lar model.

Mr Walker and po­lice are hope­ful this re­newed push will see some­one come for­ward with an­swers.

“To any other per­son that had wit­nessed that, if they saw any­thing, or heard any­thing, if they come for­ward to the po­lice, that would be much ap­pre­ci­ated,” Mr Walker said.

“I my­self, be­ing of the Chris­tian mind, I for­give, of course, but they do have to ac­count for their ac­tions. I hope that per­son, he or she, comes for­ward.”

Act­ing Sergeant Cathy Brown said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

“It is im­por­tant to raise aware­ness of such events, hope­fully re­sult­ing in a vi­tal piece of in­for­ma­tion be­ing pro­vided,” Act­ing Sergeant Brown said.

“John­nie has en­dured months of re­cov­ery from in­juries sus­tained and we are ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion that may bring clo­sure of this mat­ter to come for­ward.”

Hit and run vic­tim John­nie Walker dis­plays scars on his arm.

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