Hit, then hit and run

Wo­man thrown into sec­ond car’s path

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

PO­LICE were last night ex­am­in­ing a car they be­lieve was dumped af­ter it was in­volved in a hor­rific hit and run.

A wo­man chas­ing her dog across a busy Syd­ney street suf­fered crit­i­cal in­juries when she was hit by one car and thrown into the path of a sec­ond ve­hi­cle that dragged her along the road be­fore the driver sped off.

Last night po­lice were hunt­ing the driver of the sec­ond car who left Lan Cliff for dead.

Ms Cliff, a 47-year-old house­keeper, was cross­ing Fitzger­ald Ave, Maroubra, about 7.15pm on Fri­day when she was struck by a Toy­ota Corolla driven by a 19-year-old man.

Ms Cliff was then hit by an­other ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. She was dragged about 10m to­wards the in­ter­sec­tion with Na­gle Ave.

While the 19-year-old driver of the first car stopped and started first aid, the driver of the sec­ond ve­hi­cle drove off.

“I saw her ly­ing face down and there was blood all over her head and back,” one wit­ness, who did not want to be named, said. “I’ve never seen any­thing like it. It was hor­ri­ble. There were a number of peo­ple who stopped and gave her first aid.” One per­son said they heard the driver of the Toy­ota say: “She just stepped out in front of me.”

A neigh­bour said that Ms Cliff’s hus­band, Brett Cliff, “was in a lot of shock”.

“He had to go into the gut­ter and get his dog, scoop it up and walk it into his back­yard. I think at this point it was gone,” the neigh­bour said of the cou­ple’s 12-year-old boxer dog named Coco, who died in the ac­ci­dent.

Rochelle Leonard, 45, used to work with Ms Cliff at Stam­ford Plaza at Syd­ney Airport. She de­scribed her for­mer work col­league as a very car­ing and happy per­son.

“It is un­fath­omable that some­one is out there and has not handed them­selves in,” Ms Leonard said of the driver who re­mains at large.

“Lan is crit­i­cally ill and could pos­si­bly die.

“This is not some­thing that you sweep un­der the car­pet. Surely you can’t keep this sort of stuff bot­tled up.”

Ms Leonard said Mr Cliff last night re­mained by his wife’s side at St Ge­orge Hos­pi­tal.

NSW Po­lice Act­ing In­spec­tor Naomi Earle said the be­hav­iour of the sec­ond driver was “con­cern­ing”.

“We are hop­ing that this driver will have a con­science and come for­ward. We will track them down,” she said.

NSW Po­lice High­way Pa­trol Com­man­der As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mick Cor­boy said de­tec­tives were still try­ing to find the driver.

“We found a dumped ve­hi­cle which we are ex­am­in­ing — it may or may not be the one,” he told The Sun­day Tele­graph last night.

“We are try­ing to track down the owner and hope­fully speak to them soon.”

Lan Cliff, who was hit by two cars while cross­ing a Maroubra street. Right: Long skid marks at the scene.

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