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Help sought to identify hit-and-run driver

The victim was a skateboarder who required hospital care for serious injuries

A still from video footage of the hit-and-run incident on January 18. Source: Victoria Police

Saturday, February 12, 2022


POLICE have appealed for help to identify a hit-and-run driver who seriously injured a skateboarder in Brunswick West last month.  

The 21-year-old skateboarder was taken to hospital after he was mowed down by the driver in Victoria Street, near Melville Road, on January 18.  

The Brunswick West victim was treated for serious injuries and is still recovering from a broken ankle and wrist.  

The incident occurred about 8.50pm and was partly captured on a security camera.  

The victim has told police he heard a vehicle approach him from behind before the car accelerated and collided with him, causing him to mount the bonnet. He was dragged for about 20 metres before he fell off the vehicle. 

The driver of the unknown vehicle, believed to be an early-2000s white Nissan Pulsar, failed to stop and remains outstanding at this stage. 

Police on Friday released CCTV footage of the incident which shows the skateboarder being pursued through the intersection by the car.

Any witnesses, or anyone who recognises the car or its driver is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report via www.crimestoppersvic.com.au 

Meanwhile, detectives are appealing for public assistance after a man performed an explicit sexual act in front of a teenage girl on a tram in Brunswick last year. 

Investigators have been told the man performed an explicit sexual act in the presence of a 16-year-old girl on board a tram on Sydney Road near Dawson Street at about 2pm on December 9. 

The man then left the tram and boarded a Moonee Ponds bound bus at the intersection of Sydney and Glenlyon roads. 

He is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged in his 50s, with a slim build and scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a black cap, brown leather jacket and dark blue jeans. 

Images provided by Victoria Police of the alleged sexual offender.