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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Man critically injured after falling from moving car

A man has been charged with a number of offences, including dangerous driving, after another male was seriously injured in Newcastle last week.

Shortly before 8pm on Tuesday 22 December, three men left a home on Scholey Street, Mayfield, and hopped into a BMW sedan.

Police were informed the 18-year-old driver and a 20-year-old passenger got into a verbal argument before the older man exited the vehicle and headed back inside.

The BMW left the scene before returning a short time later.

Police allege the 20-year-old climbed onto the bonnet of the moving vehicle before the car turned onto Valencia Street and he fell to the roadway.

Officers further claim the driver did not stop to render assistance and continued along Valencia Street.

Passers-by contacted emergency services a short time later.

The man was taken to John Hunter Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Officers from the Hunter Crash Investigation Unit attended and started an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Following extensive inquiries, an 18-year-old man attended Cessnock Police Station about 3pm on Monday 28 December 2020.

He was arrested and charged with four offences including dangerous and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm.

The Kearsley man was granted conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 25 February 2021.

Investigations are ongoing.