MILDURA police are calling for witnesses to a two-car collision in Mildura on Wednesday to come forward after the incident sparked a dangerous ‘hit and run’ scenario.
Police investigators who attended the scene were told that a silver Toyota Corolla and white Hyundai Excel collided at the intersection of San Mateo Avenue and Fifteenth Street about 2.50pm, PICTURED.
The 41-year-old male driver of the Hyundai failed to stop following the collision, and was later observed driving “erratically” along Ontario Avenue and Eleventh Street – including through a school zone – before eventually being apprehended and taken into police custody.
Police were forced to control traffic in and around the intersection as emergency services worked to remove two occupants from the Corolla.
Both occupants – a 53-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man, both from New South Wales – were taken to Mildura Base Hospital with minor injuries.
Police have since spoken to the driver of the Hyundai, with Mildura Highway Patrol Sergeant Mark McDonald saying the 41-year-old Mildura man had undergone routine drug and alcohol testing.
He said police would await results before determining the extent of charges laid.
“The driver left the scene of the accident, which is a serious thing to do, especially with someone being injured,” Sgt McDonald said.
“As a result some serious charges could be laid.”
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision, has dash cam footage, or who saw the Hyundai driving prior to, or after, the incident to contact Mildura Highway Patrol on 5018 5300.
“We have already had a number of witnesses come forward, with their statements to be taken over the next few days,” Sgt McDonald added.