Police who are investigating a pedestrian hit by a bus in Epping this morning have charged a man, and are appealing for a taxi driver who may have driven the injured man earlier in the evening, to come forward, NSW Police say.
About 4.20am today, a 32-year-old man crossed Carlingford Road near the intersection of Dallwood Avenue, Epping.
At the same time, a 45-year-old man driving a Mitsubishi Rosa mini bus along the same road, struck the pedestrian.
The pedestrian was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to Royal North Shore Hospital. He remains there in a serious, but stable, condition.
The driver of the mini bus, and its only occupant, was taken to Ryde Hospital for mandatory testing.
He attended Ryde Police Station this afternoon, where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
The man has been granted conditional bail, to appear at Burwood Local Court on Monday 5 September 2016. His licence has also been suspended and the bus has been seized for forensic examination.
As officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit continue their inquiries, they are appealing for a taxi driver, who is believed to have picked up the pedestrian and another person from Bay Street, Double Bay, earlier that night, to come forward.
The other passenger is believed to have been dropped off by the taxi driver prior to the injured man being dropped off.
Inquiries have led police to believe the pedestrian was dropped off around the Carlingford Road, Epping, area; however initially instructed the taxi driver to take him to West Pennant Hills.
That taxi driver, and any motorists who were driving around the time of the incident who have not yet spoken to police, are urged to contact Crime Stopers.