Police are hunting for a man believed to be the driver of a blue Ford hatchback which ploughed into a man in a wheelchair in Melbourne on Tuesday, leaving him with serious injuries.
Shocking footage of the hit and run incident emerged online following the crash, showing the vehicle smashing into the wheelchair-bound man before speeding away from the scene.
The man – who was crossing the road in his wheelchair when he was struck – incredibly survived the collision, despite being sent several feet into the air, however he was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
The victim’s wheelchair was thrown 20 metres from where the collision took place.
Horrifying footage, taken from CCTV cameras in the area, was shared on social media by 7News and the clip has been viewed more than 58,000 times since it was uploaded with many people commenting, wishing the victim a “speedy recovery”.
Witness Lucy King told 7News: “We saw that there was someone flying through the air, along with a bunch of wheels, so we assumed he was a cyclist.
“Only to find out that actually he was in a wheelchair, which was quite awful when we got closer up.”
The car, identified as part of the RACV’s car share fleet, was then dumped in Latrobe Street and Victoria Police are now appealing for help from witnesses who were at Docklands at the time of the collision, as they attempt to trace the man they believe is responsible.
“A man in a wheelchair was struck by a car on Bourke Street,”Sgt Megan Stefanec said in a statement. “The blue ford hatch left the scene without stopping. The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
“The offending vehicle was located abandoned on Latrobe Street, near the intersection of King Street a short time later.”