| 12.11,19. 02:48 AM |
Man and Labradoodle fighting for life after Melbourne hit-run
The red sedan crashed into the wall of an IGA in Footscray. (9News)
A man and his dog who were waiting at a traffic light in Melbourne's inner-west have both been left for dead after being hit by a driver in a stolen vehicle.
The 44-year-old had just purchased some ice-cream from a local supermarket on Ballarat Road in Footscray at around 8.40pm yesterday.
The man and his pet Labradoodle were then waiting at a set of traffic light, near Gordon Street, when they were then hit by an out-of-control red 2008 Ford Mondeo sedan, which police say was stolen a day earlier from the area.
Four people were seen leaving the car before fleeing the scene on foot. The man was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
His condition has since been upgraded to serious but stable and he remains in the ICU with two broken legs and significant injuries to his chest.
Abhi Samptath was working in the IGA at the time and said he heard a "very big bang" as the car, having careered out-of-control, crashed through the window of the supermarket.
"They hit him over near that signal [traffic light] and he flew in the air and ended up in here [the supermarket]," Mr Sampath said.
"Half of his body was inside my shop and half of his body was outside," adding that the man was going in and out of consciousness.
Sergeant Marty Wallace said the man was extremely lucky saying it was a situation that could have "quite easily involved a fatality".
The dog, a brown Labradoodle, was taken to a veterinary clinic and is in a critical but stable condition.
No one in the shop was injured.
Sgt Wallace confirmed that four people were inside the car at the time it crashed but have yet to establish who was the driver.
A 48-year-old man and 27-year-old woman, both from Footscray, were arrested last night. They were questioned before police let the duo go pending further enquiries.
Police are still searching for the other two men who were in the car.
Investigators are urging any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
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