Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cycling Serious Injury Hit and Run Brighton East, Melbourne collision that left a cyclist fighting for life Herald Sun Dec. 4th 2013



Police release CCTV in a bid to seek new witnesses to a Brighton East collision that left a cyclist fighting for life

Police have released CCTV images of the scene of a Brighton East collision that left a cyclist in critical condition. Authori...
Police have released CCTV images of the scene of a Brighton East collision that left a cyclist in critical condition. Authorities want to speak to a couple seen walking in a Benteigh car park later that night. Source: Supplied
Police have released CCTV images of the scene of a Brighton East collision that left a cyclist in critical condition. Authori...
Police have released CCTV images of the scene of a Brighton East collision that left a cyclist in critical condition. Authorities want also to speak to a couple seen walking in a Benteigh car park later that night. Source:Supplied
POLICE have released CCTV footage in a bid to identify witnesses to an alleged hit-run collision.
Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives today released the images of cars travelling on the Nepean Highway and of a couple they want to come forward after a cyclist Julian Paul, 54, was struck by a car in Brighton East on Tuesday last week.
"The ... cyclist, from Brighton East, remains at The Alfred hospital in a critical condition," Senior Constable Melissa Seach said.
"Investigators would particularly like to speak to a man and woman seen walking in a car park behind shops on the corner of Patterson Road and Coates Street in Bentleigh later that night," she added.
The Herald Sun understands the driver of the car involved in the collision dumped the vehicle in the car park this couple walked through.
"They would also like to speak to the drivers of a silver utility and black van seen travelling along the Nepean Highway just prior to the collision," Sen Cons Seach said.
A 31-year-old Moorabbin woman was charged with failing to stop at an accident and failing to render assistance.
She will face Melbourne Magistrates' Court today.
Mr Paul, would have celebrated his 54th birthday last week with his family.
Instead he is battling life-threatening injuries to his spine and his neck while his distraught wife, Janine, and two daughters aged 19 and 21 wait by his hospital bed at The Alfred.
Mr Paul had been riding along the Nepean Highway when he was struck by a car near Union St - barely 1km from his home.
Police will allege the driver of a 2007 silver Honda Jazz had been driving erratically and failed to stop at the scene.
Andrew Krantz last week described his brother-in-law, Mr Paul, as a "marvellous man" who was a hardworking aeronautical engineer and dedicated family man.
"He forms the linchpin of that family, he keeps it all together," Mr Krantz said.
He said doctors told him Mr Paul's prognosis was "grave" and loved ones were now living a "nightmare"
He said he was baffled by the circumstances of the crash.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visitwww.crimestoppers.com.au.

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