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by Shane Stokes
November 7, 2017
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Police in Melbourne have called on a driver who struck a 13 year old girl with his car to turn himself or herself in. The cyclist was struck by a dark-coloured BMW E87 1 Series car at the intersection of Bell and Sussex Streets at Coburg, in Melbourne’s north, at about 8pm on Sunday.
The driver stopped briefly before leaving the scene. The girl suffered head injuries and broken bones and is in an induced coma. Her prognosis is uncertain.
“To leave the scene of an accident when you’ve got a young girl fighting for life, that’s not the Australian way,” said Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer, who urged the driver to go to the police. “There is absolutely no doubt that the person who hit this young girl were fully aware that they just hit a 13-year-old girl on a bike.”
He added that the girl is fighting for her life and that he believed it was uncertain if she would live. Police said that they believe the car may have sustained damage to the passenger side, front windscreen, front bumper, external mirror and headlights.
Off-duty SES worker Damian Nippard helped the girl until an ambulance arrived. “I think it’s a really despicable, low-life act,” he said, speaking of the hit and run. “The person’s a bit of a scumbag and should come forward.”
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