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Driver allegedly runs red light, hits rider and flees

The recent spate of hit-and-run accidents involving motorcyclists continues with an SUV driver charged after allegedly running a red light and hitting a rider in north-west Sydney last week.

Police say a Nissan utility was travelling south on Windsor Road, Rouse Hill, about 9.30pm last Thursday (12 September 2019) when it approached the intersection of Schofields Road and was faced with a red right turn arrow.

Allegedly disobeyed red light

“The driver allegedly turned right against the red arrow and struck a motorcycle which was being ridden north through the intersection,” police say.

The motorcyclist, a 63-year-old man, suffered multiple compound fractures to his right leg and fractured ribs.

Our sincere best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

Police allege the driver of the Nissan did not stop after the crash.

On Friday, Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit officers arrested a 26-year-old man when he attended Blacktown Police Station.

He has been charged with:

  • Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm;
  • Negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm;
  • Fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm;
  • Fail to stop and assist after impact cause injury;
  • Drive when visiting privileges withdrawn – first offence; and
  • Not give particulars to injured person.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Blacktown Local Court on Tuesday (24 September 2019).

Spate of hit-and-runs

The incident follows a worrying spate of hit-and-run crashes leaving motorcyclists injured and dead.

In one of the most recent events, unlicensed British driver Graham Belcher was remanded in custody after an incident earlier this month in which one rider died and another was injured.

unlicensed Scott Rose, wife Tenniel and his children Lacey and Nash
Graham Belcher

Belcher, 52, was arrested at Brisbane International Airport as he was about to board a flight to Hong Kong.

He appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court charged with an outstanding warrant, as well as:

  • dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous;
  • fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death;
  • negligent driving (occasioning death);
  • cause bodily harm by misconduct in charge of motor vehicle;
  • drive while licence cancelled;
  • not give way to vehicle (give way sign/line); and
  • driver fails/refuses to disclose his identity.

Bail was refused and he was remanded in custody until November 20.

Scott Rose, wife Tenniel and his children Lacey and Nash fundraiser
Scott Rose, wife Tenniel and his children Lacey and Nash fundraiser

A fundraiser page has been started to raise money for the family of rider Scott Rose, 39, who sadly died in the collision.

You can support the fundraiser by clicking here. So far, almost $17,000 has been raised from 234 donations.

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