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Police arrest driver over hit-and-run spree – two pedestrians, cyclist struck in separate incidents

A Brisbane man has been charged with multiple counts of grievous bodily harm after allegedly crashing his car into two pedestrians and a cyclist in a bizarre series of events over the past two weeks.

Jan 04, 2023, updated Jan 04, 2023
Police will allege a Brisbane man struck three people with his car in three separate incidents over two weeks.

Police will allege a Brisbane man struck three people with his car in three separate incidents over two weeks.

The Pallara man, 37, allegedly  struck the three people in three separate incidents on Brisbane’s south side. Police say the same vehicle was involved in all three incidents.

Police say that on the morning of December 23, a 27-year-old woman was walking through a Calamvale shopping centre underground car park, before being struck from behind by a vehicle, believed to be a silver 2010 Ford Focus, before the vehicle fled the scene and failed to render assistance.

The woman was found by members of the public a short time later and was transported to the Mater Hospital in a stable condition.

Subsequently on the evening of January 1, an 85-year-old man riding a bicycle along Daw Road at Runcorn was struck by a vehicle matching the description of the Ford Focus. Police say the car travelled behind the cyclist and swerved to hit him. The vehicle then fled the scene and failed to render assistance.

The cyclist was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a stable condition.

The third alleged incident occurred on, January 3, when an 81-year-old Eight Mile Plains man was walking through a Mt Gravatt shopping centre car park before being struck from behind by a vehicle matching the description of the Ford Focus.

The driver initially left the scene following the collision but returned in the Ford Focus after being contacted by police.

The 81-year-old man was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a stable condition.

Officers will examine CCTV of all three incidents and determine the silver 2010 Ford Focus was the involved vehicle.

The 37-year-old Pallara man has been charged with three counts of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, fail to remain at incident and render assistance, and one count of fail to provide specimen of blood for analysis.

His bail has been refused, and he will face Brisbane Magistrates Court Wednesday.

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