| 02.04,19. 12:55 PM |
Glen Huntly hit-and-run driver flees crash scene in CCTV footage released by police
hit-and-run driver fleeing Glen Huntly crash (ABC News)
A driver who smashed into a woman and a two-year-old girl at a Melbourne intersection asked whether they needed a doctor, but then returned to her car and sped away from the scene, leaving her injured victims on the road, police say.
Melbourne police have released CCTV footage showing the moment the hit-and-run driver accelerated away from the crash scene, in the city's south-eastern suburbs.
Police said a black Toyota RAV4 was turning from Booran Road into Glen Huntly Road, in Glen Huntly, when it hit a 63-year-old woman and her granddaughter as they crossed the street about midday on February 20.
The woman suffered serious injuries including fractures to both her legs and broken bones in her hand. She remains in hospital.
The girl suffered bruising and mental trauma, police said.
'She just got back in her car and drove away'
In the footage, the driver can be seen getting out of her car after hitting the pedestrians and walking towards them.
"The driver of the offending vehicle got out of her car and went and asked if they required a doctor and I suppose the people that were assisting assumed that she was going to ring for medical attention," Senior Constable Murray Stranger said.
"But as far as we know she just got back in her car and drove away."
The driver was described to police as Caucasian in appearance, aged in her 40s or 50s and about 160 centimetres tall.
Senior Constable Stranger said police were "very confident" they would be able to enhance the CCTV footage and read the numberplate of the car involved.
He urged the driver to turn herself in.
"If she comes forward and chats with us obviously we'd be very, very keen to talk to her and I just think it shows some sort of remorse for the actions that she's taken," he said.
The girl's mother had told police her daughter was still talking about the incident several week later.
"I dare say that the child's having some flashbacks of what happened and probably seeing her grandmother in pain on the road would be traumatic for her," Senior Constable Murray said.
Police are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Under Victorian law, drivers who fail to stop and help after a crash that has injured someone can be fined $140,000 and face jail terms of up to 10 years.
The release of the footage comes days after a cyclist was killed in a separate alleged hit-and-run in the city's south-east.
A 50-year-old woman was cycling along the Nepean Highway on Thursday when she was hit by a ute, which police alleged failed to stop.
She was taken to hospital in a critical condition but died on Sunday.
A 28-year-old Parkdale man was charged over the incident.