Community members rush to help crash victims

Family members of two Colac pedestrians who were hit by a vehicle while crossing Murray Street are thankful to community members and emergency services for their life-saving work.

Family members of two Colac pedestrians who were hit by a vehicle while crossing Murray Street are thankful to community members and emergency services for their life-saving work.

A 79-year-old man in a wheelchair and his 63-year-old daughter-in-law were crossing Murray Street on Tuesday at about 7.30pm when a car turning right from Grant Street failed to give way and hit both pedestrians.

Police, paramedics and community members assisted at the scene.

The man in his 70s remains in a stable condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital after an air ambulance flew him to hospital in a serious condition with head and facial injuries.

A road ambulance took the woman to Geelong University Hospital with head and shoulder injuries in a stable condition.

“We’d just like to say thank you to the police officers and ambulance members who attended the incident, we are very grateful to them,” a family member of the victims said.

“They worked really well caring for both of our family members.

“We’re also thankful to the emergency volunteers and the community members who were first on the scene; especially those that helped to free our family member who was stuck in his wheelchair under the car, and to those that helped with first aid, we are so grateful.”

Sergeant Wayne Dennehy of Colac police said it was pleasing to have community members who stopped to assist both pedestrians.

“We had a lot of people stop and help and that was very pleasing,” he said.

“It’s good to know that there are people like that in our community looking out for each other.

“The ambulance was quick but they had to split up because there were two patients; so it was really good to see the community help out.”

Sgt Dennehy urged people to take extra care while driving during the holiday season and be mindful of increased pedestrians and traffic on the region’s
roads.

Mr Dennehy said the man driving the vehicle had been assisting police with investigations and that the investigation was still ongoing.

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