Three motorcyclists are critically injured following a horror night on the roads in NSW and Victoria with police appealing for witnesses to the crashes, including one hit and run.
On initial police reports, it appears that two of the incidents were the fault of drivers.
Our best wishes to the injured riders for a full and speedy recovery.
Read below how witnesses may be able to help police in their crash investigations.
Pennant Hills crash
A motorcyclist remains in a critical condition after coming off his bike at Pennant Hills overnight.
The crash happened on Pennant Hills Road when a southbound motorcyclist swerved to avoid a northbound silver Mitsubishi Outlander performing a U-turn, near the intersection of Pomona Street, about 6.20pm (Thursday 7 March 2019),
The 23-year-old rider was thrown from the motorcycle, sliding along the roadway before hitting a brick wall.
He sustained head and internal injuries and has undergone surgery overnight in Westmead Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.
The driver of the SUV, a 62-year-old man from West Pennant Hills, continued south but was flagged down by another motorist.
He immediately returned to the scene and spoke with police. The man was arrested and has now undergone mandatory testing; he has also provided a statement to Crash Investigators.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash and has not yet spoken to officers, or anyone with dash cam vision, to contact the Crash Investigation Unit or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.
Hit and run
Keilor police are appealing for witnesses or dashcam footage following a hit run in Laverton North last night (7 March).
Investigators have been told a motorcycle rider collided with an unknown vehicle on the entry ramp of the Western Ring Road near the Princes Freeway about 6.25pm.
The rider, a 42-year-old Altona North man, was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was transported to hospital for treatment.
It is believed the driver of the vehicle fled the scene without rendering assistance.
Anyone with information or dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
Police are investigating a collision in Balwyn North this evening that has left a motorcyclist with life-threatening injuries.
It is believed the motorcyclist was travelling inbound on the Eastern Freeway near Burke Road about 9pm when it has struck the back of a silver Mercedes.
The yet to be identified male rider was thrown from his BMW motorcycle and has been taken to hospital in a critical condition.
The female driver of the Mercedes was not injured.
Police believe a second motorcycle may have been travelling in the vicinity at the time of the collision.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has dash cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
Long weekend patrols
Riders on Victorian roads and bush tracks are advised that police will be targeting motorcyclists this Labour Day long weekend.