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Two injured after being hit by car doing burn-outs


Two people were injured, and hospitalised, after being hit by a reckless driver performing “burn-outs” overnight in the Port Stephens area.

Detectives are now appealing for public assistance to find the offender who cowardly fled the scene following the incident.

About 11.40pm on Friday 15 March, emergency services were called to Somerset Drive, North Arm Cove.

Officers attached to Port Stephens-Hunter Police District arrived to find a white Ford Falcon sedan had been performing burn-outs in front of a crowd of people.

However, the driver lost control of the vehicle.

It then hit a power pole and two people standing next to it before catching alight.

Fire and Rescue NSW crews extinguished the fire with the car seized for forensic examination.

A 20-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics for pelvic and leg injuries before being taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.

Police have established a crime scene and are investigating the crash with the assistance of officers attached to the Crash Investigation Unit.

As inquiries continue, they are hoping to speak to the driver of the sedan who may be able to assist with the investigation.

Police are urging anyone with mobile phone or dashcam footage or information about the incident to contact Port Stephens-Hunter Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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