A SEEMINGLY bizarre road-rage, come hit-and-run incident in Korumburra last Wednesday afternoon, November 16, is still the subject of police investigations and, as yet, no charges.
According to the Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit, an incident is alleged to have taken place further up the road between two drivers, travelling along Warragul Road, Korumburra, towards the intersection with the South Gippsland Highway (near Burra Foods).
“When the driver of the front car has stopped at the intersection, preparing to turn right, it has provided enough time for the person in the car behind to get out and say something to the driver of the car in front,” said Detective Senior Constable, Paul Burns.
“What has taken place after that is the subject of our investigations and we are yet to interview all witnesses,” he said.
But, it is believed that the driver of the front car, a 53 year old local man, has driven off and the other driver, by now a pedestrian has been somehow knocked over.
Police have not revealed how he was knocked to the ground, either hit by the car, or through some other means.
But, alarmingly, witnesses have posted messages on the Sentinel-Times’ Facebook page, that they saw the injured man, a 39 year old local, lying in the middle of the road.
The men were apparently not known to each other according to police.
The driver of the front car has driven off and it was sometime later that police were able to get in touch with him. They interviewed him two hours after the incident and he is still “helping police with their inquiries”.
The man who was knocked to the road sustained a nasty gash to the back of his head, causing significant blood loss, however after initial reports of more serious head injuries, he is expected to make a full recovery.
The injured man was airlifted to hospital in Melbourne by Helimed helicopter, which landed at the Korumburra Recreation Reserve.
The incident, which occurred at about 2.30pm, closed a lane of the South Gippsland Highway while ambulance attended the scene and police conducted their investigations.
Korumburra Police and Bass Coast Traffic Management Unit Police attended and continued with traffic duties until the scene was cleared by about 4.30pm.
Police are seeking information from any witnesses who may be able to help with their inquiries. They are invited to call Crimestoppers 1800 333 000.
Bloody conclusion to road rage incident