Man charged over hit and run at Darawank after public appeal to assist

Police have charged a man over a fail to stop crash at Darawank, just north of Forster Tuncurry, following a public appeal earlier this week.

Hit and Run Darawank

POLICE released this photo of the vehicle they thought may be able to assist them in the investigation. The public were instrumental in the success of the arrest.

About 4.45pm on Wednesday (29 July 2015), a 29-year-old man was riding his Kawasaki motorcycle north on The Lakes Way when he was struck from behind by another vehicle.

He suffered serious injuries and after being treated at the scene by Ambulance Paramedics was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital.

The offending driver failed to stop.

Police from Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command commenced an investigation and appealed to the public for information using social media.

Acting on information provided by a member of the public on social media investigators attended a business in Carrington yesterday (Friday 31 July 2015).

There a 37-year-old man was identified and arrested. A white Holden utility was also located with damage and was seized for forensic examination.

The man was taken to Newcastle Police Station and later charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm.

He has been granted bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 3 September 2015.

The injured man continues to receive treatment for fractures to his pelvis, sternum, femur, pubic bone and multiple hand and leg injuries. He remains in an induced coma.



THE motorcyclist who was involved in an accident at Darawank on Wednesday night is in a stable condition, a Hunter New England Health Unit spokeswoman said.

Police said the 29-year-old Forster man underwent surgery yesterday morning.


POLICE have released a photo of the vehicle they think may be able to assist them in the investigation into the hit and run collision at Darawank on Wednesday afternoon.

The vehicle is a VF SS or S white Commodore Utility. It appears to have decals on the doors and tail gate. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers or Forster Police Station


POLICE believe the crash at Darawank on Wednesday afternoon was a hit and run and are appealing for the driver and possible passengers of a light-coloured, late-model ute also travelling north prior to the collision to contact them.

A 29-year-old Forster man riding a Kawasaki motorbike was rear ended while travelling north on the Lakes Way at Darawank about 4.45pm.

“The road was closed for four to five hours causing significant traffic delays,” Insp Stephens said.

“Specialist police from the crash investigation unit and detectives from Forster are investigating the incident.”

“Initial inquiries indicate light coloured utility vehicle did not stop,” Insp Stephens said.

Insp Stephens said the traffic took so long to clear because the crash investigation unit had to record and measure the scene.

“This required the road to be blocked for some time,” he said.

“Then we put in place a contraflow system. Because it was a busy time it caused traffic build up.”




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