Rider injured in Melbourne hit/run

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a Melbourne rider was thrown from his motorbike and injured in a collision with a car that stopped, but then left the scene.

It follows a spate of hit-run crashes involving cars and motorcycles in Melbourne in the past couple of months.

This latest incident occurred in East Malvern on Tuesday (7 May 2019).

“It is believed a motorbike was travelling east on Dandenong Road just before the intersection of Warrigal Road about 6.20pm,” police say.

“Traffic on Dandenong Road was moving slowly and the motorbike rider was making his way toward the Warrigal Road intersection when he was struck by a dark-coloured Ford Mustang.

“The rider was thrown from his bike and it is believed the driver of the Mustang continued driving then stopped a short distance up the road where he got out of his vehicle.

“The man appeared to look at his vehicle and then got back in and drove off north towards Warrigal Road without speaking to the rider.”

The rider, a 24-year-old Clayton man, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators are appealing for anyone with dash-cam footage or who may have any information relating to this collision, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Spate of concern

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A recent hit-run crash in Melbourne

This spate of hit-run incidents raises the prospect that motorists are viewing riders not as vulnerable road users, but as “temporary Australians” with a death wish.

It could be a direct result of the recent bad press about the high rate of motorcycle fatalities in Victoria, currently at 23.

As far as we know, no one has yet been charged.

In another hit and run in Sydney last month a rider and his pillion were injured and the driver charge.

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The Sydney hit-run crash scene (All images: Channel 7 Sydney)

Molly Cahill, 22, of Sans Souci, has been committed to stand trial on June 18 on two charges of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, failing to stop and render assistance after impact and not keeping left of a dividing line.

Do you believe this spate of hit-run crashes is due to a lack of driver concern for motorcyclists? Leave your comments below.

4 Comments

  1. The average driver is just that. . . . . average!
    As a society we are too impatient and too full of our own self importance. The driver even got out to check his car without concern for the rider he had knocked over.
    Riders have always been traffic fodder, but as population numbers explode, and traffic infrastructure lags behind so much, the probability of accident trauma increases dramatically.
    Hit and run drivers should face a life-long driving ban following their jail time. There is no room for political correctness where citizen’s lives are concerned.

  2. Some driver hold riders to contempt & intentionally go out of their way to hinder &/or intimidate riders. I see this both driving & riding. It appears to piss them off that bikes can filter through traffic which they’re stuck in.
    Riders however, once theyve filtered, should move their arses & not dawdle once theyre ahead. Again, i see this daily & when driving, it does piss me off. If your going to filter to the front, at least dont then hold cars up. Its both common sense & courtesy.
    As for push bikes, I’ll swerve around them once. If they then go up my inside, I’ll not swerve a second time

    1. Its strange how you berate drivers for being angry at a motorcycle filtering, then in the next breath show the same scorn that drivers show you by berating pushbike riders doing the same.

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