Police charge driver after pedestrian hit, carried 10m on utility bonnet at Casino

A man has appeared in court today charged after allegedly deliberately hitting a pedestrian and failing to stop on the state’s Far North Coast yesterday.

About 10.15pm (Friday 26 June 2020), a group of people were crossing at a marked pedestrian crossing on Barker Street, Casino, when a Nissan Navara travelling west approached.

Police have been told the Nissan nearly hit a 40-year-old man and there was a verbal altercation with the driver, a 26-year-old man, who continued to drive west.

It’s alleged the driver conducted a U-Turn on Barker Street, before crossing a concrete median strip and hitting the man, who was standing on a traffic island.

He was carried on the bonnet of the utility for about 10m, before falling on the road.

The Nissan failed to stop and drove away.

Emergency services attended and the 40-year-old man was treated at the scene before being taken to Casino Hospital for treatment to cuts and abrasions to his hands, arms, knees and hip.

Following inquiries, officers from Richmond Police District located the Nissan parked in a driveway on Barker Street about 10.45pm.

Police found the 26-year-old man in the backyard of the home.

He was arrested and taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

Following his release, he was taken to Casino Police Station and charged with drive furiously in motor vehicle do/cause bodily harm, use offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence, drive motor vehicle menaces another with intent (x2), fail to stop and assist after impact cause injury, drive on dividing strip, not keep left of median strip, knowingly drive vehicle in manner menaces other, and operate vehicle/vessel so as to harass/intimidate person.

The Bora Ridge man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today (Saturday 27 June 2020).

The men are not believed to be known to each other.

Inquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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