Hit and run wit­nesses

Central Leader - - News - By Me­lanie Ver­ran

A hit and run vic­tim is hop­ing a mem­ber of the pub­lic may be able to help bring the driver in­volved to jus­tice.

The man, who does not want to be named, was head­ing south up Gil­lies Ave by New­mar­ket School on his mo­tor­bike on April 26 about 7.30pm when a car driv­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion struck him while turn­ing right into Mor­timer Pass.

“I was at the end of a line of traf­fic. He just turned right and straight into the side of me,” the vic­tim says.

“I sort of dragged my­self off the mid­dle of the road.”

The driver failed to stop and the mo­tor­cy­clist didn’t have time to get a de­scrip­tion of the ve­hi­cle or driver.

Green­lane traf­fic in­quiries con­sta­ble Doug Johnston says a man who had just turned on to Gil­lies Ave wit­nessed the crash, went to the man’s aid and called an am­bu­lance but wasn’t able to get the car’s regis­tra­tion.

The vic­tim, a North Shore res­i­dent, says there is no way the driver would have been un­aware that he hit him.

“He hit me front on. I think it would have done a fair bit of dam­age.”

The mo­tor­cy­clist was hos­pi­talised for eight days, re­quir­ing pins, plates and rods in his lower right leg where both bones were bro­ken. He will be off work for weeks.

He hopes that by shar­ing his story, some­one may come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion that could help po­lice.

“There’s prob­a­bly some per­son out there whose teenager or flat­mate came home and said ‘oh, I ran into a tree’ or some­thing whereas the truth might be quite dif­fer­ent,” he says.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion that could help the po­lice in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion phone con­sta­ble Doug Johnston on 5226144.

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