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Hit and runner found

By johnboy - 6 July 2011 15

Calls from members of the public have assisted police in identifying a suspect to a hit and run on the Monaro Highway last week (Thursday, June 30) where a cyclist was struck by a car.

About 7.30pm a 58-year-old Jerrabomberra man was cycling home when he was struck by a vehicle travelling in the southbound lane of the Monaro Highway. The man was thrown from his bike and the offending vehicle fled the scene.

After receiving calls from the public, members from ACT Policing’s Collision, Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) were able to identify a 40-year-old Bredbo man as a suspect to the hit and run.

Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Jeff Knight said that the information provided by the public was crucial in identifying the alleged offender.

“This again highlights the fact that there are times when police rely on assistance from the public to help solve crimes. If members of the public had decided to not call police on this occasion, we would still be looking for the offender and there’s every chance this hit and run would go unsolved,” he said.

The man is expected to be charged in relation to the matter and will face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Hit and runner found
gumby34 8:40 am 07 Jul 11

Be interesting to see what he is charged with? Just wondering if the cyclist had lights, high vis and if not I wonder if it affects the charges. – The leaving the scene part is the worst I think.

LSWCHP 9:21 pm 06 Jul 11

Gungahlin Al said :

The Frots said :

Gungahlin Al said :

Good news. The local coppers are chalking up a pretty impressive clear-up rate lately aren’t they?

Now about another recent hit and run, at Holy Spirit Catholic School at Nicholls a few days ago – a mother who dropped her child off then plowed straight into a guy walking his dogs on leashes, knocking him down and running over one of the dogs, then taking off…

WTF? Seriously……….?

God must love stupid people – he made so many of them!

Yup. Woman here at work saw it happen.

Sounds like that should be an easy one to clear up.

Plod asks child who was dropped off “Where do you live”, then goes to bust Mummy at the nominated address.

Moronic indeed.

Gungahlin Al 2:56 pm 06 Jul 11

The Frots said :

Gungahlin Al said :

Good news. The local coppers are chalking up a pretty impressive clear-up rate lately aren’t they?

Now about another recent hit and run, at Holy Spirit Catholic School at Nicholls a few days ago – a mother who dropped her child off then plowed straight into a guy walking his dogs on leashes, knocking him down and running over one of the dogs, then taking off…

WTF? Seriously……….?

God must love stupid people – he made so many of them!

Yup. Woman here at work saw it happen.

fernandof 1:55 pm 06 Jul 11

Well done ACT police!

I wonder, if the driver is found to be the person hitting the cyclist, can the cyclist ask for monetary compensation on a civil-court?

The Frots 1:53 pm 06 Jul 11

Gungahlin Al said :

Good news. The local coppers are chalking up a pretty impressive clear-up rate lately aren’t they?

Now about another recent hit and run, at Holy Spirit Catholic School at Nicholls a few days ago – a mother who dropped her child off then plowed straight into a guy walking his dogs on leashes, knocking him down and running over one of the dogs, then taking off…

WTF? Seriously……….?

God must love stupid people – he made so many of them!

MERC600 12:59 pm 06 Jul 11

There is a cycle way from Symo to the Jerra turnoff. So I gather the cyclist was not using it ? Not that it makes him fair game on the road. Come to think I’ve never seen a cycle on that path yet, but then I’m not up to early. Saw a bloke on a tractor trundling along one day.

Gungahlin Al 12:48 pm 06 Jul 11

Good news. The local coppers are chalking up a pretty impressive clear-up rate lately aren’t they?

Now about another recent hit and run, at Holy Spirit Catholic School at Nicholls a few days ago – a mother who dropped her child off then plowed straight into a guy walking his dogs on leashes, knocking him down and running over one of the dogs, then taking off…

Jim Jones 11:55 am 06 Jul 11

Holden Caulfield said :

Jim Jones said :

What an utter utter utter asshole.

+1

Hopefully the cyclist is doing okay.

+1

Holden Caulfield 11:51 am 06 Jul 11

Jim Jones said :

What an utter utter utter asshole.

+1

Hopefully the cyclist is doing okay.

dvaey 11:40 am 06 Jul 11

OP: Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Jeff Knight said that the information provided by the public was crucial in identifying the alleged offender.

“This again highlights the fact that there are times when police rely on assistance from the public to help solve crimes. If members of the public had decided to not call police on this occasion, we would still be looking for the offender and there’s every chance this hit and run would go unsolved,” he said.

One wonders whether cases like these will make the police ask for the publics help more often. It often seems like they dont really care about the publics help unless theyre all out of options. We often see stories here on RA of police asking for witnesses to some event that happened months ago, while only providing the skimmest of details. “Did you see this white car between 3am and 4am on the first saturday last month?” doesnt really get them much help, compared to ‘Did you see a silver SUV on the highway this afternoon, possibly with interstate plates, with damage to the left/right/front side”.. etc.

Too often when activities like this are happening, you only hear of ‘a police operation’, then a few days later the police might ask for assistance and be bewildered when no-one can remember details that far after the event.

Good work in this instance, and a good catch by the member of the public. One can only hope this might lead to them asking the public for assistance more promptly and concisely than they have been in the past.

Stevian 10:09 am 06 Jul 11

ConanOfCooma said :

I wonder if it’s the clown in the silver SUV I encounter most days. He lives in a brick place on the Highway, near the pie shop, and drives erratically every second of his driving day.

So you follow this guy round all the time he’s on the road. No wonder he’s driving erratically he’s spooked by the psycho stalker who has nothing better to do. Your confession will no doubt be useful to the police when they arrest you.

Postalgeek 9:56 am 06 Jul 11

Well done coppers. I’d like to think they’d throw the book at him, but it’ll probably just be a pamphlet. I think you only get two bonus points for hitting a cyclist.

Jim Jones 9:43 am 06 Jul 11

What an utter utter utter asshole.

ConanOfCooma 9:40 am 06 Jul 11

I wonder if it’s the clown in the silver SUV I encounter most days. He lives in a brick place on the Highway, near the pie shop, and drives erratically every second of his driving day.

The Frots 9:19 am 06 Jul 11

Great work.

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