Last month, a cyclist in Sydney was struck by a hit-and-run driver, and the accident left her with a broken back and other serious injuries.
Now, the New South Wales Police Force has officially charged the driver with hit-and-run claims, officials stated in a January 23 release.
The police charged a 23-year-old woman with negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm and failing to stop and assist after the accident. The crash occurred on Old Princes Highway in Helensburgh on January 5.
Reports show that the victim, 58-year-old Brendan Braid, was riding his bike over a Garrawarra Hill at about 6:15am when the car allegedly struck him. Images from the accident show Mr Braid’s bicycle was badly damged in the accident, suggesting the driver hit him with heavy force.
First responders stated that Mr Braid was thrown from his bike during the accident and was only discovered after a fellow cyclist saw him on the side of the road and called NSW Ambulance Paramedics. The medical personnel treated him at the scene for suspected fractures, and he was later taken to St George Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
Wollongong police lead investigation
Mr Braid is still recovering in the hospital, but officials from the Wollongong police department have completed their investigation, which led to the charge of the Engadine woman.
Police said they were looking for a white Ford Laser hatchback vehicle with number plates from Victoria and green P-plates.
Since then, the woman has been granted conditional bail and is set to plead her case in Wollongong Local Court on February 18.
“Wollongong Police made inquiries in relation to information received, conducted an investigation and with that information now at hand arrested that 23-year-old female from Engadine,” Inspector Jim Friday told ABC.
Phil Kelly, who was a member of the Southern Cross Cycle Club along with Mr Braid, said he recently visited him in the hospital, where Mr Braid is recovering and hoping to go into the rehabilitation center for his broken back sometime in the next few weeks.
The accident came shortly before another cycling accident injury involving a car in NSW, who later died of her injuries.
Those who have been affected by a hit-and-run accident may want to seek the advice of compensation lawyers who have worked on similar cases in the past.